An Evolutionary Perspective on Anxiety and Mental Health

As many of you are probably aware, the prevalence of anxiety and depression are on a seemingly rapid increase in generations across the board. Every therapist in the neighborhood is booked and when you finally make the decision to look into zoom consultations, those therapists are booked too. So why is it we are experiencing these crippling mental health conditions at such a common rate?

As someone with a passion for evolutionary biology, it became one of my missions early on to uncover the “evolutionary explanation” for these paralyzing experiences. If we…


Putting Everything I Feel As A College Student Into Words

Maybe you are just starting your first year of college or maybe your kid is getting ready to graduate, but regardless of where you are coming from, it seems likely to me that the reason you clicked on this article is for one key reason: someone is scared shitless about what comes next in life.

For anyone who does not know me, my name is Alivia and I am currently a junior in college at UCLA. At times, I often feel as though I live alone in my cluelessness in…


And why it is never too late to start.

As a twenty-year-old full time college student, I get asked all the time how I keep up with my journals while also maintaining such a heavy course load. My answer is simple and is always the same–journaling is not something you put on the ‘to do’ list but is something you put on the ‘you’ list. The moment you allow journaling to become a part of you instead of a chore is the moment everything will fall into place. …


While it is not uncommon for entertainment platforms to release period pieces, the new Netflix series Bridgerton has done an exceptional job avoiding run of the mill tactics and bringing a new flare to historical TV. In essence, Bridgerton follows a set of high class society families in early nineteenth century London. The leading family, known as the Bridgertons, must present their oldest daughter Daphne to society and before long, she becomes known as the “diamond of the season.”

Themes such as reputation, ruin, societal expectation, and gender inequality are just the beginning of the depth and profundity in the…


My experience finding out not everyone saw a rainbow in their math homework each night.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the psychological phenomena, synesthesia is a sensory experience in which two senses are combined or overlapping. In other words, an individual with synesthesia (known as a synesthete) can hear colors or taste sounds. Synesthesia comes in many different shapes and sizes but for me, I see color in almost all letters and numbers. While it may sound like it, my eyes do not swap out the black color of letters on a page for a different color. Rather, synesthesia…


Come January first, I bet your brain is absolutely bursting with resolutions for the upcoming year but let me ask you this: can you name three of your resolutions from last year? Most people I know would say “unfortunately, no;” and while it may seem near impossible, there are several simple ways you can stop this vicious cycle.

After a year as tough as the one we have had, I think it is fair to say that people are looking for an upward streak more than ever. Working out, eating well, and staying healthy are on our minds but how…

Alivia Brown

As an Anthropology Undergraduate student at UCLA, I am riveted by topics such as biology, culture, personal well-being, and improving the lives of others!

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