HI, I'm MIA!
A mental health blogger. Passionate about breaking the barriers and preconceived notions that social media establishes. I love sharing thoughts and information on everything that makes my days better.
I am currently a junior at the University of Maryland and a proud graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. UMD is my Mom's alma mater, and since it's in-state, I'm kind of the favorite sibling right now. I am relishing in the leg up on my younger brother. He's in the heat of the college process, so I am sure this will not last long. All jokes aside, I'm fairly outgoing and friendly, but I'm no stranger to the struggles of growing up, mental health, and life.
In this day and age, most of my life has been documented on social media - unfortunately this includes my absolutely shameful video stars and insta posts from my awkward stage, but you live you learn. That said, complete strangers see my social media and probably feel like they know me. However, my Instagram feed and tweets don't lend themselves to my entire personality.
They don't reveal my ADHD, anxiety, major depressive disorder, and learning differences. Just like my posts can't define me, neither can my diagnoses. Part of the stigma surrounding mental health comes from the stereotypes society has created of people struggling with different states of mental health. Had you known that I deal with these things earlier, it's likely that you naturally would have applied different boxes and limitations to my personality as you already have with my social media.
Don't feel bad! That's human nature. However, now it's time to look beyond those boxes.
I'm a hard-worker that loves to learn and explore in and out of school. I've danced for most of my life and couldn't ask for a better outlet. Inside Out is my favorite movie which is perfect because I love psychology and working with kids. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do when I grow up, but I know I am extremely passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy.
There's a lot more to me, so stay tuned. I want to remind people that everyone lives a life beyond social media's box. Just because someone's feed is more put together than yours it doesn't mean that they're cooler or meaner etc. Social media keeps us all connected and is a huge platform for change, so long as we don't forget about life beyond the box.