Welcome to our new section, Thrive on Campus, devoted to covering the urgent issue of mental health among college and university students from all angles. If you are a college student, we invite you to apply to be an Editor-at-Large, or to simply contribute (please tag your pieces ThriveOnCampus.) We welcome faculty, clinicians, and graduates to contribute as well. Read more here.

Get ready for the hardest four years of your life, but don’t worry because you are so strong. The pain and the defeat you will endure will take everything out of you, but it will not define you.

Your heart will ache and your mind will tell you no more, but you are resilient. Pushing through the pain will be your toughest battle yet. You may not see the end anywhere in sight, but it is there.

This battle is not to see how weak you are, not to see how easily you can break; no, it’s to prove just how strong you are. You cannot be defeated; only you can choose to give up.

Keep fighting warrior. You have so much more life to live.

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The Hidden Stress of RAs in the Student Mental Health Crisis


  • Olivia Greeley

    Thrive Global Campus Editor-at-Large from University of Tennessee

    Olivia Greeley is a senior at the University of Tennessee. She is studying Child & Family Studies and Psychology. Her academic interests focus on the wellbeing of those who are at risk; such as, intimate partner violence. On campus, she is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Active Minds at the University of Tennessee, a mental health organization and a chapter of the national nonprofit organization Active Minds. Olivia is very passionate about mental health and wants to improve College's support of their student's mental health.