About Nina Juan

A senior studying Pscyhology at SUNY Purchase, Nina hopes to someday achieve her Master’s in Social Work, She tries to see all sides of the story and understand different point of views. Years after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2006, Nina eventually realized she had a passion for bringing others up and looking for the bright side in every situation, even if it seems impossible. She loves to go running, take too many photos of her pets, cook countless recipes off of Pinterest, and occasionally spend hours watching SVU. Her bedroom is full of paintings, dream catchers, and quotes and she is always looking for new adventures.

Get Smart and Forgive

I will never fully understand why some people hold grudges or bad feelings toward another person. Or, in contrast, why people get so concerned and dismayed when they see you forgive someone. People can be cons; I get that. We've all given someone a chance, knowing it very well could blow up in our face [...]

Get Smart: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

For the anyone who has just met a milestone like a new job, your first time moving out, finishing that huge term paper, or finally accomplishing that do-it-yourself project that you’ve been putting off forth months...you met a goal. And, of course, “now what?” is the question that follows nearly every time an accomplishment comes into [...]

Lessons Learned from Dating My Best Friend

I met Max my freshman year of high school, when I was 14. However, we didn’t start dating until I was 19. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but we started spending more and more time together, then time alone. Then hours on end with this kid had me thinking I didn’t want to [...]

Get Smart: Think (Positively) Before You Speak

“Think before you speak.” This is the phrase that gets you to stop and bite your tongue. Think before you let all that rage out. Think before you say something you can’t take back. In the case of thinking before we speak, it is often for the courtesy of whomever we are speaking to. We [...]

Adding Purpose to Unexpected Changes

Sometimes things happen that we don’t plan for. It’s inevitable that (no matter who you are) at one point or another, there will be unpredictable turns of events – good or bad – that can make you reshape your perspectives or values. You might face moments that take up time in your day, space in [...]

The Attitude of Healthy Changes

When starting college, there’s always a plethora of stereotypical stories we hear about the excitement that is freshman year. Before you know it, you’re in a new world full of changes; new people from different walks of life, rush week, events from clubs of all kinds, parties, sports, campus-life, and of course, keeping up your [...]