Dear Readers,

My name is Akasha Maples, I’m a mover, a shaker, and a sophomore Media Studies & Production major in the School of Media & Communications at Temple University. I have vehement passions for school, learning, and personal growth; the unfortunate part about that is I don’t have the funds to finance these passions.

For Summer 2014 my plans were to fulfill two of my major requirements by taking Media & Children (one of the two writing intensive courses I’ll need to graduate) as well as Audio for Media, a course that I’ll need to complete before continuing onto my upper level production courses. I was excited about taking these Summer courses until I discovered that Summer classes are priced at $858 per credit; with both classes being 4 credits each, that puts my cost for summer classes at a little over $6,800.

I made the Dean’s list with a 3.9 GPA for the Fall 2013 semester and I have a cumulative GPA of about 3.7. I’m an active member of the Temple community socially, academically, and extra-curricularly. I’ll be the first person of the last three generations in my family to graduate from a college or university and although I’m not sure about what exactly I want to be “when I grow up”, I’m absolutely positive that school is where I want to be right now and that the field of Media & Production is exactly where I belong.

I’m ready to flourish and I’m ready to grow. I want to do well here and get the most from my college experience so that I can get out into the world with experiences adequate enough to put me in the positions to change the world.

I just need a little help.

With that being said, even if you can’t donate it would mean the world to me if you spread the word about this. Even if I don’t raise enough money to take both classes it would be a blessing to be able to at least take one this summer.

Thank you,

Akasha Maples
WHIP Radio Personality
Spiritual Chia Pet

Media Studies & Production Major
Temple University c/o 2016

Starting from Scratch: Temple University Activism

By Kaitlyn Oberg—It started with a research project.

In August of 2014, I embarked on the first stage of my journey to autonomy, more casually known as “going to college.”  I made the journey from my small, rural hometown to the large, occasionally abrasive city of Philadelphia, to attend school with 25,999 other undergraduate students. To help freshmen acclimate, the university suggested students take a “Freshman Year Experience” class, offered by different sections of the university; even our president taught one section. I was lucky enough to take my course with our Wellness Resource Center.

The final project for the course was a research paper and presentation on a health topic that was prominent in the collegiate setting. Having battled an eating disorder throughout high school, I knew it was a topic that deeply affected the undergrad population.

During my research, I discovered the university itself offered nothing in terms of National Eating Disorder Awareness (#NEDAwareness) week events. In a school with 26,000 undergraduates, it was easy to see there was (and is) a large population without any sort of outward support, in regards to a public, university-sponsored event.

So I discussed with my professor, the leader of the campus Peer Educators, regarding starting an event. From there, I have worked closely with a peer educator, also in recovery, to create three separate events to hold on campus: a build-a-Barbie, an affirmations craft, and a movie screening of “For the Love of Nancy.”

NEDAwareness week isn’t exclusive to just those of us recovering or currently battling the illness. NEDAwareness week  pertains to those in recovery, family and friends, and people who are just looking to be educated in regards to eating disorders. My university does a great job of providing free individual and group counseling to students, but lacks any public support of students. I want NEDAwareness week to provide students with something else: a clear message that there’s nothing to be ashamed about in regards to their disorder.  I want Temple University to have at least one week a year that allows those of us with disorders to feel comfortable and supported publicly. In addition, I want others to be aware that my university has a place for those who are either in recovery or fighting an illness, and wants to support everyone to the fullest extent.

I encourage and implore anyone who feels the call to start an event at his or her university to do this, as well! The experience has been both enriching and inspiring, and in planning this event, I have found support in people I would never have met.  I hope this event will continue at the university for years to come, and not only educate the undergraduate population, but provide a place for those with the illness to come forward and share their stories as well.

About the author: Kaitlyn is a freshman nursing major attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, with hopes to one day be a Public Health or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In her free time, you can find her wandering through Center City, watching Bob’s Burgers, or with her nose in a John Green novel.

For more on student activism, check out:

NEDAwareness Week 2015!

5 Ways to Advocate and Promote Awareness on your College Campus

Finding Passion from Pain

Student Activism: UCDavis Part One

Student Activism: UCDavis Part Two

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