Growth: Excruciatingly extraordinary

January 9th, 2019 – U!Shine Vienna

From Holly Kooi and Michelle Terese Hrvat, Co-Founders of U!Shine Vienna.
If you’ve been following our dream for U!Shine Vienna from the beginning, then you know 2018 was a huge year for us. It was a year all about building: Working to get U!Vie (our self-dubbed nickname) founded as a legal entity, gathering a team, opening a bank account, creating a website, finding our voice on social media, and networking among a number of other exciting moments.

Read More

2018: Jenn's Year in Review

January 3rd, 2019 – Notes From Jenn

It’s hard to believe another year has whizzed by! The U!Shine team continues to be so grateful for all you do to support our mission of bringing mental and emotional health programs and resources to high school and university students. The past year has been full of connecting with students and the community, as well as starting new programs. I know it's a lot to keep up with, so here’s a quick recap --a highlight reel, if you will-- of what we’ve been up to this past year and what you’ve helped build:

Read More

On forming new goals: Set yourself up for success.

January 1st, 2019 – Conversations

Well, it’s that time of year again-- I don’t know about you, but I get a thrill from drafting my New Year’s Resolutions every January. There’s something about the possibility of becoming a better, more well-rounded person in the upcoming year that energizes and inspires me.

Read More

A Note from Jenn on Depression

October 17th, 2018 – Notes From Jenn

Today, I will admit, is a heavier article than I generally share, but in light of the loss our culture has experienced over the past several months, I thought it was fitting to spend a little time with the realities of depression.

Here I am not discussing “the blues,” but diagnosed clinical depression. The “blues” is generally situational and usually doesn’t last very long. We ALL experience blues at one point or another. However, depression is different. Depression occurs when symptoms like hopelessness, irritability, or feelings of emptiness last longer than two weeks and affect daily functioning.

Read More

Conflict happens: What do we do?

October 17th, 2018 – Conversations , Guest Writers

You have plans to take a road trip to visit a college friend in another state. Your parents tell you that it’s not safe and you cannot take the car. What do you do?

Your professor hands you your homework with a note saying, “We need to talk” at 4pm on a Friday. He’s out until Monday and you stew about it all weekend. What do you say?

Your roommate continues to leave dirty dishes in the sink, clothes in the washer, and invite friends to sleep over after repeated requests to stop. How do you handle the next conversation?

Read More