Dear Diary, I'm tired of pretending. Tired of pretending not just with other people but also with myself. I know I am not okay.  Fake it till you make it is not working anymore, I am tired....

In September 2018, I had my first positive pregnancy test. A few short weeks later I saw a tiny heartbeat on a screen and knew with every fiber of my being that I was now a mother. I spent my pregnancy eagerly awaiting the birth...

When my daughter was 2 months old, my husband got out of the only job he knew for 10 years, the military. Job security, health insurance, and the life we knew as a couple. We were offered jobs closer to my family so we had...

The day I found out I was pregnant I was ecstatic, both positive pregnancy tests. My first pregnancy was no walk in the park. I threw up every day, even with medications. At 12 weeks had some bleeding but an ultrasound confirmed the baby was...

When I was 5 months pregnant with my second child, I experienced a pain like no other. At first, I thought it was tooth pain - as I had just been to the dentist to get a full check-up and some work done. I went back...

Dear Diary, This past academic year has possibly been my favorite during my three years at UF. I made new friends, got a good job, and grew less dependent on my boyfriend. The good things have outweighed the bad but the bad has still been bad....

Dear Diary, I'm so burned out for this to only be my second year. I don't feel like the same student I used to be and it upsets me a lot. I still do okay in classes, for the most part. My parents aren't disappointed (yet),...

Dear Diary, I was sexually assaulted in my college dorm room early on in the spring semester of 2020. I swallowed it down, repressed it, refused to think of it until recently. I’ve finally had to accept counseling through my school’s Title IX office. I can...

Dear Diary, I constantly feel overwhelmed with schoolwork and it seems like a never-ending list of things to do. When I do find the time to enjoy myself I always seem to be feeling guilty. It is drilled into my mind that I always need to...

Burdened with a mother's guilt, she carries this weight heavily on her shoulders. As a single parent who works shift work, she can't always be with her little boy and that tears at her heart. She wonders like we all do, "Am I doing enough?  Am...