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Spectrum is Underrated

March 3, 2023

With our campus being so big on inclusivity and self-expression, it comes as a shock that the group specializing in inclusivity and self-expression has not received the attention that it deserves. Spectrum is a safe environment not only for students who identify with the LGBTQ+ community, but also those who support and wish to learn more about the community as a whole. 

I have been a member of Spectrum since my arrival here on campus. From my time attending the weekly meetings, I have found this environment to be warm and welcoming. Like most other groups on campus, Spectrum is a place to meet others who share similar life experiences. 

These life experiences range from ups, downs, hopes and dreams. Being able to share these experiences in a community one feels seen in is almost like a form of self-therapy – which is certainly something we all need throughout our college experiences. 

College is one of the most important yet challenging parts of our lives. It is full of stress, strain, exhaustion, and the occasional malnourishment. Having a community where you can feel safe and relaxed is one of the most beneficial ways to destress during this period of our lives. While it is only one hour a week, it is a place where I can forget about my paper due at midnight the following Monday, or my upcoming exam the next week – just for a little while. 

My personal favorite thing about this group is that I do not necessarily have to hangout with these people every moment of my life; but I know that at the end of the week they will be there to support my endeavors. As previously mentioned, Spectrum is all about support. Whether it be the occasional movie night or game night, there are always people I can reach out to when I am going through a hard time. 

Spectrum is a place to feel accepted when you do not feel comfortable sharing your private life with close family or friends. There are some things we may not yet be ready to share with those we hold dear – I know for sure that it has helped me come to accept who I truly am and who I aspire to be in the future. I am accepted at Spectrum, and so is everyone who walks through those doors – even if you do not say a thing.

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