I’ve been passing out in doctor’s offices and medical facilities since I was twelve (or ten, if you count the time I passed out in my teacher’s office when she was checking for nits).
This response is known as vasovagal syncope, and it happens when your heart rate drops and the blood vessels in your legs dilate, causing you to faint.
There are numerous potential causes when it comes to fainting at the doctor’s office or during medical procedures, but common ones include:
“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”
— Bobby Unser
When I was accepted into my first internship program outside of my university, the amount of information I received, forms I had to fill out, people to email, and things to buy was so overwhelming that it almost felt like being accepted into college all over again.
Fortunately, my program was generally very communicative, and I wound up having most of the information I needed before starting. However, I can still remember some things I remained uncertain of and wished I had asked about sooner, like what kind of clothes…
“Take the time to eat an orange in mindfulness. If you eat an orange in forgetfulness, caught in your anxiety and sorrow, the orange is not really there. But if you bring your mind and body together to produce true presence, you can see that the orange is a miracle.” — Ticht Nacht Han
If you suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD, or just daily stress, odds are that someone has suggested meditation. And maybe you’ve thought, “Yeah, that’s a great idea!” …
“You probably got in because you’re a woman.”
“I don’t mean you’re not smart, but you know, you’re probably not as qualified as most of the guys here. Everyone knows they need more women to fix ‘the ratio’.”
It’s news to no one that being a woman in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) poses many social challenges, even today.
I can’t tell you how many derivatives of the conversation above I had throughout my four years in college, but it was certainly far more than I was expecting. And I never really understood why anyone felt…
I have been searching for my first job out of college for over 5% of my life — and I’m not alone.
“The hardest work in the world is being out of work" — Whitney M. Young
Despite reportedly decreasing unemployment numbers in the U.S., times are still tough for recent college graduates. A whopping 45% of the class of 2020 are still searching for their first job out of college as of April 2021.
I am one of them.
I’m not lazy. I’m not particularly unqualified. I have my Bachelor’s of Science with several years of undergraduate research, internships…
“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” — Agnes Sligh Turnbull
It’s hard to make sense of things when you lose your best friend. When I lost my fourteen-year-old golden retriever, I spent hours (days, really) scouring the internet for answers, understanding, and support.
For weeks it was all that was on my mind, and I suffered needlessly silent as I was convinced that no one could understand the depth of my grief.
Although it’s true that everyone processes grief and the death of a pet differently, it is not true that I was alone or misunderstood. …
How early Montessori education prepared me for the rest of my life.
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” — Aristotle
Have you ever seen those shirts or sweatshirts that have finger holes built into the cuffs of the sleeves?
I thought my college roommate had one of these until she started telling me about all of the new holes in her favorite sweater.
“It’s my favorite sweater and I’ve had it for so long, but I guess I’m just going to have to throw it away.”
“Yeah, one of the buttons fell off my sweater the other…