Take advantage of spring and get inspired
Spring is the season of new beginnings, which means that it’s a great time to start anew. It’s easy for LGBT students to get stuck in a bit of a rut during the wintertime. Bitter cold and lack of daylight is the perfect recipe for depressed moods and lack of motivation. But it’s up to us to snap out of it. There are a variety of ways to dust off the winter doldrums and emerge from your cocoon with a newfound sense of inspiration. Here are just a few:
• Plan a spring GSA event at your school. Whether it’s a spring dance or an outdoor barbecue, a welcoming LGBT event will bring everyone together and give you the perfect opportunity to network and make new friends.
• Don’t be afraid to get off campus. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to get away from campus for a little bit. Local LGBT organizations often have numerous ongoing events throughout the year. From movies and lectures to open forums and workshops, you’re bound to find something that peaks your interest and provides an opportunity for personal growth at the same time.
• Honor Day of Silence. Every April, LGBT communities acknowledge and honor Day of Silence. On this special day, students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools. It’s an opportunity to join together with your classmates and bring awareness to LGBT issues.
• Come out of the closet. If you are a closeted LGBT student who has been struggling with the issue of coming out, consider embracing yourself fully and leaving the closet behind. By accepting, loving and supporting yourself through the process of coming out, you can begin your spring semester as fresh and as new as the flowers sprouting up on the campus lawn. Should you need support, reach out to your Resident Advisor, friends, campus counselor or GSA advisor. They will be there to support you and help your through the process.
These are just a couple of ways to take advantage of spring. As the cold weather turns warmer and the sky brightens, a sense of new beginnings fills the air — how are you going to let it inspire you?
~ Lyndsey D’Arcangelo
LGBT Student Expert, Campus Calm™