Jessica Thomas is a graduate of the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg and matriculating towards a B.A. in English. She has worked and edited for USFSP’s The Crow’s Nest and Fashion Fierce magazine; and is currently a blogger/reporter with Gen Y Hub. Jessica started writing at a very young age, having her very first poem published at the age of 14 in Young Florida Writers ’99. She also participated in journalistic summer programs at USFSP’s Poynter Institute. Aside from writing, she has participated in both musical theatre and opera. Jessica is also a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health).
Jessica’s specialties include informative, inspirational, and awareness writing with particular emphasis on human rights; and she blogs passionately about her experiences with yoga, mental illness awareness, spirituality, and life in general. When she is not writing for the Hub or attending classes she is usually gaming, fire walking, watching True Blood, or reading.
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HEALTH & NUTRITION
With over 60 million American's suffering from some form of mental illness, it's time to have a national discussion.
Like Vietnam, a high rate of service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq gradually display ill mental health effects due to combat. Nearly 300,000 returning veterans report symptoms of PTSD.
When you think of hip-hop artists, socially conscious musicians don't usually come to mind. But even the 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum attendees were impressed by what Dessa had to say.
ART & DESIGN
UFG is the first university to commission a Blue Tree exhibition from Konstantin Dimopoulos- the installation artist that draws attention to global deforestation.
OCCUPY YOUR HEART
ASU's Annica Benning proves the value of youth activism as she pens, photographs and publishes Arizona: Nations and Art, a book dedicated to the proliferation of Native American culture and art.
My heart was pounding as I paced. Sweet adrenaline coursed through my veins as I began to chant a Kundalini Yoga mantra that I had learned in Hawaii. The mantra began to calm me, but I was still afraid. The group continued their singing as their bodies twisted in unison with the bongos that were drummed by both an exuberant belly…Continue
“As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don't deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our…Continue
Last week, March 1st marked international Self-Injury Awareness Day. It is on this day and many others before and after where people who have suffered with some instances of self-harm wear orange and show their support for people who turn to an uncommon and often considered taboo method of coping with problems. Some people choose to open up about…Continue