How are you feeling? What are you thinking? What’s happening? Bored, stressed, inspired, uninspired, calm, restless, frustrated, anxious? There’s no “right” way to cope with a pandemic. Reading through these submissions, despite the practical differences of each situation, we felt a reassuring sense of familiarity and gratitude. Maybe you can too.
Anonymous, fashion design student from Slovenia
I am a fashion design student and I’ve been experiencing depressive episodes for about two years now. I am just getting a bit frustrated with everything that is happening. I read, see, and hear students complaining about feeling tired and not getting any school work done. Influencers reassure them, saying that it is okay because this is a valid way to feel in a crisis. This is my normal. This is what I have been experiencing before the pandemic. Now I feel even worse. I’ve already been struggling with my degree, it is even harder now. I don’t know if I will be able to finish this year successfully, but I am also trying to stay optimistic. I just wish people would acknowledge that these feelings they are experiencing now for the first time are some people’s normal.
I think there is not enough support for fashion students that experience mental health problems.
As a fashion student, you are meant to be productive and expected to not have much sleep and work extra hard, but suffering with illness makes everything even harder. I believe people are not understanding and think that you are just being lazy, making excuses.
No. I can’t live like this anymore. It’s enough. Please help.