Lets talk about sex: breaking the stigma around STIs

Photo by Marisa Tangeman

Sex is a topic that we’ve been socialized to feel uncomfortable talking about. But when it comes to sexual health, communication is crucial. It’s time to break the stigma and start talking about our sexually transmitted diseases (STI’s). Contrary to popular belief, STIs are more common that one might think. According to the American Sexual […]

Dangerous trends in vaginal cleansing products

Before the 1970s, vaginal hygiene was not recognized as a subject needing cultural or historical research.  This past societal norm reflected the way American men at the time were uncomfortable with the discussion of women’s and vaginal hygiene. This discomfort can also be seen today in the marketing of vaginal hygiene products.   Through commercials and local ads such […]

Misdiagnosis of Autism in children of color

The prevalence of autism diagnoses in the US has more than doubled since 2002, according to Spectrum News, an independent news source with a focus on autism research founded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).  This increase in diagnosis is relatively equal across socioeconomic groups, but the overall total percentages of children diagnosed […]

Medication and wellness: a perfect recipe

Psychiatric medications are commonly prescribed for depression, anxiety and various mood disorders. While they can be life saving and otherwise useful for some, their use can be even more effective when paired with other forms of self care and wellness practices. In my experience, medications have been necessary for me to function and be productive in school […]

Preventing waste increase can start with small steps

Each day, around the world, humans produce 3.5 million tons of garbage, according to the Washington Post. This number will continue to increase as populations and economies grow. According to the same article, each American throws away their own body weight in trash every month, which adds up to 1,500 pounds of trash a year, according to National Geographic. […]

Endometriosis can cause pelvic pain

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is National Endometriosis Awareness month. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disorder where endometrial tissue forms lesions outside the uterus.” Essentially, hormonal imbalances cause tissues that are already a part of the uterus to grow in places they are not supposed to be, damaging the organ and causing pain. […]

Simple, budget-friendly recipes

In busy weeks, the delicious and versatile Tea Shop veggie burger is my go-to. Without a meal plan though, the cost builds up. Whether you’re a commuter student like me, making an effort to cook from home, or a residential student looking for simple recipes to try, here are some of my favorite elevated basics! Grilled apple […]