1.8 // Overcoming Greek Life

Vanderbilt University is considered the Harvard of the South, with alumni as members of Congress and Nobel Prize laureates. My friend, Sydney Waitz, shares her story of how attending such a school, and participating in Greek life, affected her self image, ultimately teaching her how to better care for herself and others. We talk about beauty in strength, being open about struggles, and finding creative outlets to bring good into the world.


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In this episode:

  • Vanderbilt University + Greek Life
  • Mental Health support for students
  • None of us have it all together
  • How the Rush process affects self image
  • Looking composed all the time
  • Being honest about the internal struggle
  • Having a community that celebrates you
  • Getting involved in something
  • Mutual caring in relationships brings out each others beauty
  • Why you shouldn’t say “I’m sorry”
  • Spoken word poetry
  • Finding things that make your heart happy

I started spending my energy trying to put good things out there in the world instead of trying to keep the bad things [bottled up] inside. - Sydney Waitz


LEAPS - Liaisons Educating + Advocating for Psychological Support
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Brené Brown on Empathy

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