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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...

Sexual Assault – The Story of a Victim, Part 1

SEPTEMBER 2012.  You wake up, light seeping in your eyes. You pick your head up. You put your head back down and close your eyes. You’re pretty sure there is a hammer in your head, nailing the thoughts of last night into pieces. Alright, let’s try this one more time....

Simple Items you Carry in Your Purse That Can Protect You

I can still hear my mom’s voice as I headed off to Purdue University for my freshman year of college. “Do not walk alone at night on campus.” “If your class goes too late, call me and I’ll talk to you until you get to your dorm.” “Did you remember to bring your pepper...

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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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