If you’re dealing with mental health issues, you are not alone. As some of you may know, I am diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well as Clinical Depression. For the past few years I’ve done a pretty good job at concealing my symptoms and convincing myself that I was okay. However, this past semester my symptoms escalated and I began to deal with them in unhealthy ways. With every passing day, I felt less and less like my positive, happy self. I had trouble attending class, social events, and even just getting out of bed in the morning. I backed out of studying abroad for the upcoming semester because I convinced myself I wouldn’t be able to handle it. My mental health got to a point where I no longer felt joy even doing the things I used to love. With the help of my parents and friends, I finally got the treatment I needed. I am working hard each day towards recovery and I am looking forward to what life has in store for me. I am so grateful to have an amazing group of friends who stuck by my side through this rough semester. I’m not posting this to gain sympathy, but to encourage all of you to take care of your mental health. If you or one of your loved ones is suffering, there is no shame in seeking help. There is no shame in going to counseling, taking medication, reaching out to friends, or getting accommodations at school. These are things I wish I had realized sooner. Things get better, and I am hopeful for each and every one of you reading this. If you are suffering, always remember that you are not alone.