By: Anna Shapiro ~Guest Writer~ I spent years believing that there was something tragically beautiful about my various mental illnesses. I believed this because our generation has taken serious disorders and turned them into trendy accessories and artsy Tumblr posts. Reflect for a moment: How many times have you said that you were “so OCD” about keeping your class notes organized? How many times have you claimed that your mom was “so bipolar” for sending you an angry text message? Have you ever confused your spring break diet with an eating disorder? Have you ever laughed about the fact that … Continue reading Mental illnesses are not trends that fall in and out
By: Anna Shapiro ~Guest Writer~ Throughout my entire Xavier career I have spent a whopping total of 20 minutes in the dining hall. I sat with a group of friends after class sipping a black coffee while I watched in awe as the people around me nourished their bodies with everything from salads to French fries. I don’t have social anxiety. I was never afraid of the hustle and bustle and crowds in the dining hall. I have an eating disorder, and the room full of food that I knew I could not allow myself to eat filled me with … Continue reading What eating disorders actually look like
By: Anna Shapiro ~Staff Writer~ “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah has graced the New York Time’s best seller’s list for quite a while now. A tale both beautifully written and enticing in plot, it follows a family torn apart by its past and brought together again by its involvement in the French resistance during World War II. It explores the story of two sisters, Isabelle, the rebel, and Vianne, her rule-following older sister, as they navigate their way and try to make a difference in the war. The two had a rocky relationship ever since their mother died and their … Continue reading ‘Nightingale’ beautifully explores war and family
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