Navigating my eating disorder

By Brown University alum '11, Economics and Int'l Relations, Consultant

While in college, I was under a lot of pressure and I began to develop an eating disorder. I would tend to binge eat and either vomit or feel very guilty and depressed afterwards. I sought professional help from college therapist. At first, it was not as helpful so I began to reach out to local therapist in town. At the same time, I shared my stress with my best friend and my family.

How I overcame my social anxiety to become a teacher and co-found a startup

By Brown University alum '12, Neuroscience, Teacher, Startup Co-founder

Growing up, I had terrible social anxiety. I already had poor people skills due to my rather insular lifestyle, and moving between three different schools during my high school years prevented me from establishing any lasting or meaningful friendships. I ended up spending those crucial developmental years as an outcast. The loneliness and lack of emotional support at home caused me to spiral into a deep depression.

Dealing with burnout from work

By Brown alum '10, Harvard Law School '14, Lawyer

One of my biggest concerns as I was about to graduate law school and begin my corporate law job in New York was burnout. Like many of my peers, I was worried about the long hours coupled with depression and unhappiness that many attorneys are known to experience. Before starting my job I made a pact with a friend and soon to be co-worker. We promised each other that we would hold each other accountable. 

How Bikram helped me adjust to NYC

By Brown alum '11, Korean, Fashionista

I started Bikram Hot Yoga in New York, after graduating from Brown. New York is a very exciting city full of new people and opportunities. However, as those who've lived in the city may empathize, it is also a tough and crazy city to settle in, especially after living in a peaceful city like Providence. It can be very easy to lose balance in life, and get caught up in a lot of things - new things, bars, "it"places, new bosses, stressful environment, expensive clothes, etc.. 

Choosing one passion from many

By Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law School '14

A book I would recommend is So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport.  The lesson of the book is straightforward:  don't just do what you like, think about how you can be most useful.  I don't agree with all of it, but it's a valuable perspective for Brown kids who sometimes (albeit sometimes positively) flit from passion to passion without always thinking things through.  

Balancing success and meaning

By Brown University Medical Student, MD'18

I have always put a lot of pressure on myself. I remember being in fifth grade and getting a 95% on a math quiz and feeling so ashamed. I knew the answer to that one question: why was I too dumb to do it right? 

Finding order amidst disorders

By Eliza Lanzillo, Brown undergrad '16, Psychology

My battle with anorexia began when I was 16 years old, attending an international boarding high school in Wales, U.K. I found myself in a highly competitive academic environment, surrounded by 170 other high-achieving students. Ultimately, my stress and anxiety manifested in an eating disorder. My senior year was particularly difficult, but after finally acknowledging my illness and seeking treatment, I started to recover...

Anxiety, Breathing, & Yoga

By Brown University medical student, MD '19

I was diagnosed with social and later general anxiety in my early 20s. I had recently graduated from undergrad and had started working in mental health only to learn that my thoughts and worries were not normal. I had lived with anxiety my whole life that I was convinced this was normal. This was everyone's experience. The intense realization and sadness I felt was mirrored with relief. If it was a problem, a named problem, there had to be a solution.

Mastering mediocrity

By Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law School '14

Even if you're smart, you're eventually going to find yourself in a pool of people who are smarter, whether it's at Brown, in graduate school or in the professional world.  Don't just put up your hands and accept being "okay."  Being a smart person that got into a great school, you can always keep learning, develop a unique combination of knowledge and experience and find a role where you are exceptionally valuable.  Also, it's just not that fun to accept being just "okay."

Mentorship & networking with authenticity

By Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law JD '14

If possible, find several mentors.  A mentor a couple years older than you can give you the benefit of their experience while they are not too far removed from your shoes.  An older mentor has greater reserves of experience and can often see farther.  Build a relationship with your mentors.  The more you invest in your mentoring relationships, the better your mentors know you and the better they can help you.

So you want to go to law school...

By Brown University alum '09, International Relations, Harvard Law School '14

I had wanted to become a diplomat since high school.  So, like many folks at Brown, I majored in international relations.  During my last year, it dawned on me that you have very little influence when you are junior, the road to promotion is long and unpredictable and, even if you get to the top, you have limited autonomy.  Worst of all, significant gains you have achieved in one country can be quickly reversed with a change in administration, either American or foreign.  While I was pondering