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My experience with a suicidal roommate (Personal Stories)

While in college I once lived with a guy who suffered mood swings  and depression, and he attempted suicide. I was present when this happened and I helped get him to the hospital. This experience changed me in the following ways

  1. I now have a greater respect for mental health issues
  2. I learned that sometimes you can’t help everyone you meet – some problems are beyond my ability to help
  3. I learned how to deal with people in a confrontational way – you need to give them space

I wanted to talk about this because seeing this caused me to grow up in way that I have a hard time explaining to my peers. I also want people to be more aware that depression and suicide happens among young adults.

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Work stress and depression happens, man… (Another personal story)

Hey. What’s up? Are you feeling super stressed? This post isn’t for 90% of my friends, but if you answered yes, then this post is for you. I’m writing this because  in my limited time in academia, I’ve met other people who have dealt with high stress. I don’t want to name names, but I do have one memory of working at College library with another math major and he told me that sometimes wanted to put a bullet through his head just to end it. And I thought this was funny because when I was in his year, I used to have the exact same thoughts. Continue reading Work stress and depression happens, man… (Another personal story)

Personal Stories (These are mostly for me): Stressing in college and how I managed

I wanted to make a post about my personal experience struggling to manage school work as an undergraduate. Burnout and stress is not a topic I hear discussed openly among my peers so I wanted to share this here. Partly for me, so that I can get this off my chest, and partly for you, so that if you’re struggling, you’ll know you’re not alone. 

Here’s the skinny of what I learned from undergrad studying:

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To my socially awkward fellas: “Please don’t ask a girl out with an e-mail”

I’ve done this once before. Okay, twice. Okay, three times. Fine. It never turned out well and I’d like to tell you what I learned.

If you don’t read anything else below, I hope you will at least read this great article explaining how a easily an e-mail from an interested classmate can spiral into sexual harassment from a girl’s perspective:

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I stayed up from 1 am to 3 am reading Math grad blogs (they’re okay)

The AMS keeps a list of some grad students who blog about life in grad school. By no stretch is this list comprehensive of all the grad student blogs out there, but it’s a nice list.

http://blogs.ams.org/mathgradblog/about/

If I may, I’d like to share with you my thoughts on it.

TL;DR: These student blogs do a good job of explaining the general culture and advice of math grad school but if you’re a grad student you will hear most of this information passively just by talking to people around your department. I wouldn’t go out of my way to read these blogs. *throws shade* (Sorry!)

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