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Jennifer Amaya

Jennifer Amaya
Mental Health

Dealing with Anxiety

For as long as I can remember, I have dealt with excessive worrying and going through thoughts in my head over and over again. I didn’t question it much when I was younger as everyone would refer to me as a perfectionist. I assumed this constant fear of the future, of the unknown, was part of that need to be perfect. I failed to realized that it was the other way around. The need to


An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Dear Mr. President, I know the times of quill pens and the pony express are long gone, however, I couldn’t think of another way to express these words to you. They tell us to write to our congressmen and while you are not my state representative, you do represent my country. You are the image that represents America to the rest of the world. With that being said, there are a few things that could

Real Life

Community College Is An Option You Shouldn’t Ignore

As I write this, students all over the country are finishing up their finals and/or packing their bags to go home for the holidays. Some of those students, like myself, are enrolled in a community college rather than a traditional four-year institution. Contrary to popular belief, these students are also stressed about finals and the process of planning their next semester. It is a common misconception that students who go to community colleges are less competent

Mental Health

Meet Gabrielle Headly, the Filmmaker Behind ‘Black Minds Matter’

Gabrielle Healdy is an aspiring filmmaker studying at Howard University in Washington, D.C. If you have yet to watch, Black Minds Matter is a documentary focusing on the internal mental issues in the black community. It is not spoken about often and Headly decided to change that. She wishes to give a voice to those individuals who have been silently suffering from said mental illnesses. In our interview with Headly, she shares more about the


Meet Myles Loftin—The Teen Photographer You Should Know

Myles Loftin is an African-American photographer currently attending the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Loftin uses his medium to showcase different concepts and emotions. He hopes to break through a white industry and inspire other people of color to never feel defeated. We teamed up with Loftin to talk more about his role in society, his photographic style, and his views on gender roles. He also shares his experience working with Art Hoe Collective, a creative platform geared towa

Mental Health

To Female Celebrities, Stop Setting Unrealistic Body Expectations

For decades, most young women strived to be as thin as they possibly could be. Things have changed a little in recent years. Due to thicker women in the media being glamorized, women have been eating more and doing countless “squat challenges” to achieve larger glutes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is actually something positive as less women are starving themselves to become thin. However, many of these young women are setting


3 Reasons “Friends” Was Actually Very Problematic

Twelve years after its final episode, Friends is still one of the most popular shows in the world. Most people have engaged in at least on episode of the famous, or infamous, sitcom. Although it is arguably iconic, the show airing in a less progressive time period caused it to be very controversial. There are things that would not be allowable in 2016. This includes sexism, homophobia, and fat-phobia. 1. Sexism  There were so many moments

Mental Health

The Triggers of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders do not have one specific origin but they can be triggered by mental, environmental, and social factors. Bulimics, anorexics, and binge-eaters have many things in common yet they are so different at once. People can suffer from these mental illnesses no matter their culture, gender, or religion. Depression and low self-esteem are relatively common for people with eating disorders. They cause people to become solitary and consumed with their own grief. Standards for

Mental Health

How to: Love yourself

There was a point in my life where I truly believed that I was unable to reach a state of happiness. I wouldn’t say that I have now reached it, but I am pretty close. Aside from stress and obstacles in life, I am at ease with who I am. The road getting here was long, but it made me stronger. I have always had a very low self esteem and low hopes for life.

Mental Health

The Fear of Fearing: Anxiety

A lot of people who fortunately do not suffer from the unnecessary worrying and constant fear feel that anxiety is not as bad as we make it seem. Although anxiety is a very common mental illness, those who do not suffer are fortunate that they do not have to wake up with a fear of no cause, a fear of which they cannot find the origin. Some believe there is no validity in blaming anxiety for

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