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Don’t be ashamed, it’s just nature

Don’t be ashamed, it’s just nature

As I rush to the bathroom, bloated and unhappy, I carry my pads with me, unashamed of my body and the natural cycle it endures. I bust open the bathroom stall, ready to change menstrual supplies, when I notice other students in the bathroom. Without even realizing, I...

The teachers that mothered me

The teachers that mothered me

From my junior year English teacher asking me about what was wrong at home, to our vice principal asking me about the sexual abuse I endured as a child, a sudden realization finally hit: my mental health concerns my teachers more than my grade point average does. And...