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danielleallsop

I am a senior from San Diego majoring in English with a creative writing emphasis. I love soccer, baking, and reading! Go Broncos!

Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. I recently found a quote (okay, a meme), which quotes Stephen Frey, author of “A Million Little Pieces.” Now, as an English major, you’re probably wondering why the hell I would take a quote from a man who allegedly falsified his own memoir. The quote is about the words, not where they came from (though I’m still ashamed to publicly quote Frey). “If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve to never ask them why. Depression isn’t a straight forward response to a bad situation; depression just ...

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Adam Lanza will forever be remembered as the boy who killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012. It is believed he suffered from some form of mental illness. Not long after the massacre, a local Boise woman took to her personal blog, “The Anarchist Soccer Mom,” to share her thoughts for the first time as a mom whose child suffered from a mental illness. “I’ve blogged anonymously for years,” Liza Long said. “I was too chicken to put my name on it (the blog).” It was Nate Hoffman, the editor of the Blue Review, ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. For five years, I’ve been picturing the day where I get to walk across the stage at Taco Bell Arena, accepting my diploma, proving to myself that I could overcome anything. That image is what has driven me to finish college, to make my family proud. But as I’ve learned, life throws you curveballs, and sometimes, that image changes. As the semester draws to a close, I am becoming increasingly nervous for a few reasons. First, actually walking at graduation scares the shit out of me. Thousands ...

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I had FOMO (fear of missing out). Some would say I still suffer from the FOMO. I’d say I am a recovering from the FOMO. I remember creating my Facebook profile during my senior year of high school. It was taking over Myspace and we’d all rush home, just to sit and stare at the screen. But that was how we communicated, through statuses, messages, and comments. Looking back, I would spend hours sitting at my computer, waiting for my Facebook feed to update, hoping someone would post something interesting just so I could be the first person to “like” ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness.   As a twenty-four year old college senior, and the daughter of parents who raised me to be self-sufficient since I was fifteen, I am too proud to ask for help, but having a mental illness is expensive, even with insurance. During a discussion with a group of friends about health insurance, they erupted when I told them how much I pay for my doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and prescription medications, with insurance. I often ask myself, why have insurance if it’s not going to cover anything? ...

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Named one of the top cities for bicyclists, it’s no surprise many Boise State students chose bicycles as their main mode of transportation, not only around campus, but around town. Boise State’s campus is difficult for many students to conquer every day on foot. Incoming freshmen and transfer students learn quickly they’ll need something besides their feet to get them around the campus’ 180 acres. However, owning a bicycle can be a hassle, as they are often targets for theft.  According to Boise State campus security website, “Bike theft is a common crime on the BSU campus.  One of the ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Some of you may not think of OCD as a mental illness, but as a way to say someone is “neurotic” in a demeaning way. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), “feeling the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over… People with OCD can’t control these obsessions and compulsions. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.” ...

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Jenna (name changed for safety and legal reasons) is a current Boise State student and recently turned twenty-one and legal drinking is now a common activity. Some students, like Jenna, have participated in what’s known as “Drunkorexia.” “I’ve done it before,” Jenna said. “I’m trying to avoid a hangover is my thought process, but it doesn’t help.” Dr. Vincent Serio, director of Medical Services for University Health Services, said though he has seen the non-medical term before, he hasn’t heard it on Boise State’s campus. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Serio said. “I’ve seen this in a couple places before. According ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s  firsthand experience living with mental illness. I’ve always been asked if I smoke pot to ease my anxiety. “I bet it would help you,” they say. I’m not going to lie. I’ve smoked it a few times, for curiosity purposes, as a way to eliminate peer pressure and to see if it really would make me less anxious. However, pot did nothing to eliminate my anxiety. In fact, I felt more anxious after smoking it. Every time. After those experiences, I’m still unsure of where I stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana. ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. It seems like more and more national publications are introducing their readers to the reality that one in four Americans suffers from some type of mental illness, with one in seventeen suffering from a severe form, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Last week, I picked up my monthly issue of Cosmopolitan from my mailbox, thinking I’d maybe learn how to make an at home bikini wax out of leftover candles. But to my surprise, an entire page was dedicated to a woman who ...

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Need a stress reliever? The Boise State University Association of Office Professionals (BSUAOP) is hosting a campus-wide crossword puzzle contest. Leslie Black, the BSUAOP president, said the contest is meant to bring competitive fun to the work day. “The purpose of this contest is to add a little fun to our work days and create some camaraderie and cooperation amongst coworkers,” Black said. Employees, including student employees, from the same department, organization, or unit are encouraged to team up (between three and eight members) and create a 30 to 50 clue and answer puzzle. “It will also be an educational ...

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Boise State held its annual student fee/tuition proposal hearing for the 2014-2015 school year on Monday, Feb. 24. Moderated by Lisa Harris, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, the Executive Budget Committee heard proposals from several units. All but one asked for an increase in student fees with reasons ranging from increased operating expenses to creating new opportunities for students to show potential employers their work. Several students and faculty members gave their opinions to the committee. “Determining to what extent programs are relevant and are useful and worthy of students’ dollars to further their use (is something we’re faced ...

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My current obsession is AMC’s hit TV show, “The Walking Dead.” Zombies and gore aren’t my thing at all, especially when they occur after dark. But for whatever reason, TWD is able to push my fears of being eaten alive by a zombie to the side and let me enjoy an hour filled with certain death, gore and occasionally a romantic endeavor. It doesn’t hurt that several acquaintances enjoy the show as much as I do; it is a catalyst for weekly communication, which ultimately leads to conversations focusing on other topics. It’s weird to say, but TWD has helped ...

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A group of Boise State students will feel like they’re out of this world come May. The Team Swanson portion of Boise State’s Space Broncos are, according to their official website, an “interdisciplinary group of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and liberal arts students enrolled in a special topics-leadership practicum course  the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.” The course is represented by students from every college in the university. Recently, Boise State named NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Ph.D., as its newest Professor in Practice. This honor, according to  campus update, is used to “identify accomplished business, scientific ...

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A fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the Morrison Center’s Danny Peterson Theatre. Reportedly the theatre’s curtains were burning. The alarms failed to sound but students who were in the building at the time smelled smoke and called 911. Everyone was safely evacuated. The fire is out but fire crews remain on the scene. Check back with The Arbiter for more information as it becomes available. ...

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience with living with mental illness. I haven’t been the best friend that I can be lately. Having anxiety or any type of chronic ailment makes it very difficult to drop everything and focus on someone else’s needs.   One of my good friends was recently dumped, right before Valentines Day. On that particular day, I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t get my anxiety under control. It was physically painful in an unexplainable way, one that I had never felt before.   It killed me to know that she needed ...

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By: Sean McNearney   Crime dramas portray detectives digging up the dark secrets of one’s past, the undisclosed details, the rap sheet and the skeletons in the closet. Here at Boise State, however, background checks are a regular occurrence within the Human Resources Office, with very little drama. Boise State University Policy #7005 is seven pages of all the intricacies related to background investigations done by the university. A background check can include research of criminal convictions, motor vehicle records and credit standings. Not only are criminal records a matter of security, but on average one in five employees leave ...

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February is Black History Month, and for one club on campus, the month is more than just a chance to remember those who suffered and fought for simple human rights. The Afro-Black Student Association, formerly known as the Black Student Alliance, is hosting an event on campus on Feb. 24, aimed at raising awareness about their organization, and of the origins of African descendants. Emmanuel Eze, a sophomore accounting major and president of the Afro-Black Student Association, encourages students of all backgrounds to become involved in the organization. “You don’t have to be black to join. Everyone is welcome,” Eze ...

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For months, a friend of mine as been pushing me to try online dating. I’ve always been hesitant, because I didn’t want to let go of any possibility of getting back together. But after seeing a comment made on Facebook about a possible new leading lady in his life, I lost it. I began to hyperventilate and dry heave. It was the worst panic attack I’d had in a long time. After spending hours searching for more evidence, obsessing over every possible angle, I decided to eliminate the source. I deleted my Facebook. The minute I clicked “deactivate account,” I ...

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Brooke Ranieri “All I have is a voice.” ― W.H. Auden (Photo by Carrie Quinney) January 23 marked the annual Day at the Capitol for Boise State. It was a day in which the opportunity to speak up was presented to students and staff alike. Multiple legislators gathered round to listen and digest the experiences of students, forced to take notice to the clubs and organizations that help our University and students thrive. Organizations such as ASBSU, Career Center, Service-learning program, ISTEM, I do teach, the FireLab workstation to demonstrate 3D modeling and the Honors College were present. In addition to ...

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Idaho could become the next state to allow guns on campus. After two shootings at Purdue and South Carolina State University in January, many lawmakers are determining how to better protect college students. The Senate State Affairs Committee approved a bill that would allow individuals to carry guns on campus. The bill, proposed by Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie of Nampa, the chair of the committee, will now head to the Senate floor. It would allow Idahoans who currently have an enhanced concealed-carry weapons permit to carry guns on campus. Retired law enforcement officers would also be allowed to carry weapons ...

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We’ve all put ourselves in a pickle regarding assignments, whether it was leaving an assignment until the last minute, not putting in much effort, or just completely blowing off the assignment all together. However, some students have found loopholes to buying extra time for assignments. Clifford Ross, a freshman biology major, has learned a few tricks when it comes to submitting assignments to Blackboard. “I once sent an assignment that I knew wouldn’t open correctly and would be corrupt,” Ross said. “It gave me time to finish (the assignment) and send the complete one.” Blackboard has a feature that records ...

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Saving a life is as easy as using a Q-tip. In October 2012, Boise State hosted a bone marrow drive aimed at helping faculty member Raquel Brown locate a donor for her four second cousins who suffer from a form of blood cancer called “Diamond-Blackfan anemia,” in which the body doesn’t produce any red blood cells. “There is so little I can do for them,” Brown said. “My personal goal is to help them. They are just the most amazing young men.” The only known cure is a bone marrow transplant. Reece Knippel, who graduated in May 2013 with his ...

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience with living with mental illness. “Time flies when you’re having fun” should be changed to “Time flies when you’re on break.” Why does the semester seem to drag on, yet Christmas and summer break fly by? Though I feel well-rested, I know the feeling won’t last. I am not prepared to enter my final semester as an undergraduate. I’ve already felt a spike in my anxiety just ordering my books. I stopped checking my mailbox so I wouldn’t have to deal with the fact that school is coming, whether I’m prepared ...

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience with living with mental illness. I recently shared my fears about traveling to San Diego for a friend’s wedding. And while I promised I would get on the plane and push aside my fear, I couldn’t. For a week and a half I’ve been in a rut, not quite sure how to dig myself out. I not only missed a good friend’s wedding, but I put myself more behind on homework. Accepting that I put myself in this position is probably the most difficult part. Yes, it’s not the end of ...

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