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Animals provide emotional support for 15 students on campus

Animals provide emotional support for 15 students on campus

Randi Heaton, Reporter

February 13, 2019

The residence halls aren't home for college students alone. Up and down the hallways also roam dogs and cats, animals providing emotional support for the 15 students with them on campus this year. Kristi Schulte, director of residence life and housing, said these animals are neither service animals...

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

Don’t make a mockery of my emotional support animal

The Wichitan

February 19, 2018

Initially, I was hesitant to bring my emotional support animal to campus. I saw Cocoa as a walking symbol of my struggle with my mental health. I hated  when people asked me how I managed to get a dog in the dorms. After explaining that she is an emotional support animal, I got the most unco...

Truths of having an emotional support animal

Truths of having an emotional support animal

The Wichitan

September 19, 2017

Mental health is a pressing matter — depression and anxiety can be considered taboo, especially in the African-American community. We don’t talk about it. We have people grow up with destructive coping methods, like alcohol, drugs or self-harm, because they never talked about these issues ...

Stop the stigma, start listening

Stop the stigma, start listening

Arianna Davis

April 19, 2017

“I feel so depressed.” You’re just being sad or more upset at a certain circumstance. Usually overreacting. “No big deal,” they say. “Everyone gets depressed.” Just don’t be so negative, alright? “This makes my anxiety bad.” You’re probably just being too shy. You n...

Counselors offer tips for testing anxiety

Counselors offer tips for testing anxiety

Arianna Davis

February 22, 2017

For the past month, academic counseling meetings have been available for students to attend. On Feb. 16, Reagan Foster, licensed therapist, offered a PowerPoint-style counseling presentation on different ways to overcome testing anxiety.  She presented to a crowd of seven, made up entirely of females.“Yo...

Don’t push mental illness under the rug

The Wichitan

April 13, 2016

Our opinion: Take mental health as seriously as physical health. The repercussions mental illnesses like anxiety disorders or depression can have just as big of an impact on someone's quality of life as physical ailments and should be treated accordingly.Mental illnesses are far too often misunderstoo...

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Under Pressure: Anxiety is more common than you think

Brianna Sheen

April 13, 2016

“It’s like when you get really hungry – you can’t ignore your stomach constantly growling. It’s always there.” That’s how Catherine Stepniak, psychology and sociology junior, describes her anxiety.“Most of the time I feel like I’m about to die. I get a pounding heart, shortness of ...

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sad?

Brianna Sheen

April 6, 2016

Last year, 65 percent of college students reported stress, anxiety or depression as a factor impacting their academic performance, according to the spring 2015 National College Health Assessment.Similarly, in a survey of MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, 77.53 percent of people reported exper...

It’s not all in your head

Kara McIntyre

November 11, 2015

I've had depression since I was in middle school, so I've become almost a professional at dealing with the waves of emotion it brings (kind of morbid, I know). But this semester, it got to the point where I didn't know how to handle it by myself anymore - I wasn't eating regularly, I was staying up until...

Breathe, keep walking, and you’ll be okay

Breathe, keep walking, and you’ll be okay

Emily Richburg

October 5, 2015

As I walk into the student center I can already feel it coming. As the crowds build my breathing becomes uneasy. The people at the booths are going to talk to me. It’s okay. The lines at Chick-fil-a are long and are blocking the walk way. My heart begins to race uncontrollably. I am goin...

Stress-relieving dogs take over Moffett Library

Stress-relieving dogs take over Moffett Library

Noah Fazekas

December 3, 2014

The library is more crowded than it has been all year, and may be even more crowded tonight. The Moffett Library will be the host to several dogs brought to help relieve stress and relax the students who are studying into the wee hours of the night. The therapy dogs will be on campus at Moffett Li...

Despite 61-day marathon, fall break not part of MSU culture

Courtney Gilder

November 12, 2014

During the fall semester, students, faculty and staff must go 61 consecutive days without a break, from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. For a student taking a load of 12 hours, that comes out to an estimated 2,196 hours spent in the classroom and studying. “In the opinion of one, I personally like the...

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