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Sexual Assault, Part 3

1 year before Sept. 2012... “Just submitted my common app! It’s all complete.” The joy beams down the stairs of your brick home situated in a quiet neighborhood in northwest Indiana. This town has fewer residents than the university you will eventually attend. “I...

Party Sober Tips

Picture this: You are at a party, and you either do not drink or you know you have passed your limit and you need to stop or slow way down for the night. Unfortunately, it’s a traditionally heavy drinking night (St. Patrick’s Day, Superbowl Sunday, or the infamous...

CALL 911 in an Emergency!

Should you contact campus police in addition to 911? In the event of a medical emergency, call 911.  If you are calling on behalf of a friend, or yourself, and need immediate medical attention, call 911. Follow the directions of the 911 operator.

Depression – Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help!

Unfortunately, depression, anxiety, other psychiatric disorders, and suicide are more common in the LGBTQ community than in the general population. Because of this, it is imperative that you seek help if you start to feel depressed (or other mood/psychiatric changes)....

The Chronicles of an Alcoholic

My name is Max, and I’m an alcoholic. Well, partially. If we want to be technical about it, I am genetically predisposed to develop alcohol dependency, and I could feel myself drifting towards a dependency during my first year of medical school. Last year I had a...

How do you safely know your limit?

Alcohol is no stranger to high school students and college campuses alike. And with frequent alcohol consumption, comes alcohol abuse and over-consumption. Many see alcohol as an essential part of their student experience, and with nearly 60% of full time college...

Sexual Assault – The Story of a Victim, Part 2

2 years 11 months after Sept. 2012.   The white Greek letters peel off your car as you scrap at them. Even after a year of having them on your car, they didn’t put up much of a fight. Your family asks why you are taking off these letters that you were once so excited...

Do you get in trouble if you call 911?

If you call 911 in a situation, are other people safe from getting in trouble? The law enforcement officer cannot take a person into custody based on an underage drinking offense if that person requested medical assistance for a person in need.  The individuals must...

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Mental health matters!

If you feel like you need help, but everyone insists you're fine and won't help, what do you do? Recently, I have often grappled with the answer to this question. As someone struggling through a difficult field, embracing unconstructive coping mechanisms and throwing...

Depression – Monitoring Your Mental Health

Before you know it, giant dark clouds roll overhead as heavy raindrops pour down. You see the lightning pierce through the rain and the thunder roar right behind it. Your phone died an hour ago, and with it went the only map you had. You’re soaking wet and you don’t...

About Rachael’s First Week

Rachael’s First Week is a program dedicated to   protecting the lives of high school seniors and college freshmen as they transition into young adult women and men. 

These can be tumultuous years when peers often look to each other for guidance as they encounter novel and potentially dangerous situations, rather than engaging experienced mentors to provide solutions. 

The mission of Rachael’s First Week is to develop the decision-making skills of teens as they enter this time of monumental change in their lives.

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