by Jennifer Winton, Founder and Executive Director of U!Shine
As we wrap up February, a month full of red hearts, stomachache inducing amounts of chocolate, and kitschy valentine’s cards, I can’t help but think on the word LOVE. Love is a word with so many meanings, and -- at times — so little meaning. So my curiosity caused me to do some digging into how love and mental health are connected.
by Vivian Hoffmeister, Administrative Assistant for U!Shine
Well, it’s that time of year again-- I don’t know about you, but I get a thrill from drafting my New Year’s Resolutions every January. There’s something about the possibility of becoming a better, more well-rounded person in the upcoming year that energizes and inspires me.
Of course, unless I don’t fulfill my goals… then I’m just left feeling slightly ashamed and disappointed in myself.
by Holly Kooi, U!Shine Ambassador in Vienna, Austria
From the moment U!Shine took off at Oklahoma Christian University, I was intrigued and followed its progress. I couldn’t help but think that had something such a program been around when I was in school, maybe I would’ve seen the warning signs sooner...
by Taylor Dotson, student at Oklahoma Christian University
I was sitting in U!Shine's most recent seminar, "Conflict Happens" when the speaker, Marcina Simmons, asked the group this broad (and slightly terrifying) question: "How do you handle conflict?"
by Laura, graduate student and guest writer
Times of transition can be especially taxing on our mental health. About six weeks ago I made the nineteen-hour drive from Texas to Michigan to start my graduate program. Moving somewhere new for graduate school with no established social support network can be overwhelming.