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A Letter to My Imposter Syndrome 

Advikaa Anand writes an open letter to her imposter syndrome and its impact on her own mental health as a young woman of color with hearing loss. Imposter syndrome plagues successful role models such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, too, she writes, encouraging others to remember that they are not alone and that they are enough.

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MFP Voices

Gun Violence Soared During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Complex Reasons

In a new study, we found that the overall U.S. gun violence rate rose by 30% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the year before. In 28 states, the rates were substantially higher between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic period from Feb. 1, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020. There were 51,063 incidents of gun violence events resulting in injury or death in the United States in the first 13 months of the pandemic compared to 38,919 incidents in the same time span pre-pandemic.

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My First Pregnancy: Living Through COVID While Discovering a New Norm

As COVID cases in Mississippi spiked in April 2020, the negative impact on what was supposed to be one of the happiest years of my life appeared right before my eyes. First, my graduation ceremony was cancelled, and students had to move off campus immediately. This meant goodbye to any senior-year traditions, rushed farewells to my professors, friends and classmates, no more late-night runs to the store with my college friends and definitely a “see you next time” to my twin bed in my dorm. Shortly thereafter, I noticed a change in how my OB-GYN scheduled appointments.

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