POSNER: In Yale parentis
The assertion that demanding a stronger mental health care system somehow equals entitlement or coddling blatantly undermines the scientific and academic consensus that mental illness is, like any illness, a biological pathology resulting from both genetic and environmental factors.
POSNER: Your campus on drugs
I will write about my mental illness and treatment until every Facebook friend and Twitter follower and classmate can recite the milligrams of Lexapro I swallow in the morning, if that’s what it takes.
POSNER: Quitting is a virtue
When we set up a model of behavior that understands and accepts — even welcomes — the conscientious choice to quit an extracurricular or leave a job, we create a climate that values student wellbeing, focus and passion over minimized sleep schedules and maximized resumes.
POSNER: Beyond “stupidity”
When the benefits of hard drug use outweigh the potential risks for an informed, intelligent student, it signals dissatisfaction with an emotional or social status quo.
POSNER: Bring back the bake sale
Fundraising is not a cure-all, but asking organizations to be partly self-sufficient is a powerful budget tool. Yale student organizations, it’s time to bring back the bake sale.
POSNER: Losing my religion
On a broad scale the secular community actively ignores the religious lives of our fellow Yalies rather than seeking to understand them.
POSNER: Playing grown-up
As of late, I’ve felt acutely aware of my place on the bridge that traverses the gap between adolescence and adulthood — and it seems as if this metaphorical bridge is missing a few planks.
POSNER: The Yale diet
I’m working on distinguishing my relationship with food from an ideal of self-control deeply engrained in the Yale culture.
POSNER: Self-care isn’t radical
Yalies pride ourselves on our ability to juggle academic and extracurricular commitments of all sorts, but we habitually put them ahead of our personal well-being.