Scholar Spotlight – Jeffrey!
Jeffrey – Linfield College – Class of 2022
Oscar Wilde said that, “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” This has become Jeffrey’s mantra. Although he doesn’t claim to be exquisite, he does attribute his tragedy to where he is today.
Jeffrey’s story started early in life. He never felt that he had a place. He struggled with making friends and began to assume that it was his fault because he was too flawed for friendships. This led to deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, he was able to find a place that led him to finding the strength inside to see the world differently.
He learned that he is not alone, that his feelings of isolation and being different was very common. It was this change of thinking that allowed him to seek a deeper meaning into his struggles.
When he realized that others have the same illnesses and have gone through the same process of treatment as he did, his eyes began to open. “I’m not alone and my genetic punishment isn’t unique.”
He is excited about starting a new chapter in college and is looking forward to making new friends, exploring new interests and learning more about himself. He plans to work in the behavioral health field. “Ironically, my dream would be that by the time I finish my schooling, I’m not needed any more, that the mental health crisis and lack of resources is solved by the time I’m finally done.”
We do too, Jeffrey. You are exquisite and we are excited to be a small part of your story!
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Scholar Spotlight – Rian
Rian had visual hallucinations all his life. Starting at the age of 5, although they were very disturbing, he thought everyone saw them. He never told anyone because he didn’t know it was abnormal. That was until middle school, when his hallucinations began to manifest into debilitating experiences, leading to worrisome self-harming and suicidal behaviors. […]