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This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 23, 2019

When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

Here’s why NEDA’s weight stigma awareness campaign matters

Here’s why NEDA’s weight stigma awareness campaign matters

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

I talked to a Mercer junior about her experience with eating disorders and weight stigma. From around the ages of 14 to 18, she struggled with anorexia, which is characterized by restrictive eating behaviors and a fear of food.

My story with birth control

My story with birth control

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

September 25, 2019

Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.

How to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen”

How to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen”

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 9, 2019

In the presence of a stressful academic life and thriving social life, it can be hard to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay healthy. Here are five ways to avoid the freshman 15.

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here’s what it’s like to get diagnosed

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here’s what it’s like to get diagnosed

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 9, 2019

My doctor told me everything I needed to know, but she also told me that it’s common for people to misunderstand PCOS. I spoke to a surgeon who specializes in reproductive surgery about the ins and outs of PCOS.

How to Party in College the Smart Way

How to Party in College the Smart Way

Blossom Onunekwu

September 3, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you like to have fun. I come from a background of strict parenting and studying 24-7. So when I came to Mercer in 2015, freed from my parents’ leash, I was on the hunt for freedom. And freedom was ringing all weekend long at these college parties. College parties...

Five things I wish I knew before starting college

Five things I wish I knew before starting college

Adelia Henderson, Copy Editor

August 24, 2018

Congratulations! You graduated high school and are preparing to begin the journey that is college. Knowing you’re about to leave home and experience something completely new can be daunting. While the internet is full of tips and tricks to make the collegiate experience easier, those articles ar...

How to fight homesickness this fall

How to fight homesickness this fall

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle and Opinions Writer

August 21, 2018

As the semester begins it is easy to also begin to miss your homelife. Being away and out of your usual surroundings can be frightening and uncomfortable for many people. You are experiencing homesickness. What is important to remember about homesickness is that everyone has it at one point during coll...

How to help a friend who’s just had a mental breakdown

How to help a friend who’s just had a mental breakdown

Blossom Onunekwu, Staff Writer

May 2, 2018

Maybe all your finals are open-note. Maybe your parents just randomly sent you shopping money. Maybe you’re an underclassman and have a place to live on campus. But, maybe you have a friend that’s not as blessed and highly favored. In college, you’ll meet people that are doing financially, aca...

How to recover from a mental breakdown

How to recover from a mental breakdown

Blossom Onunekwu, Staff Writer

April 22, 2018

There are two types of people on a college campus: people that have cried themselves to sleep, punched a wall, ripped a pillow, slept through all their classes for the day and then there are weird people. It’s the end of the semester. We have to worry about grades, housing, applying to grad school, filing taxes, figuring out what we’re gonna do once we graduate. Who in their right mind hasn’t ...

How to relax before finals week

How to relax before finals week

Madilyn Harrell, Contributing Writer

April 18, 2018

We are just a few short weeks away from the dreaded finals week which can be the most stressful time of the year for some college students. This time around, try to prepare yourself so that finals week can be easier or at least less stressful. There are many ways to do this, and in the following, you...

How to Make Mercer a Healthier School

How to Make Mercer a Healthier School

Blossom Onunekwu, Staff Writer

March 20, 2018

Raise your hand if you applied to this school because you heard Mercer was the Ivy League of the South. Mercer, academically, is a rigorous school. It has been ranked in the top 15 percent of schools in North America by the Princeton Review. We’ve got Mercer on Mission, a Health Sciences Center and mu...

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