Mollie Ames

Mollie is a rising senior at Harvard, where she studies History & Literature and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. As a reporter for The Harvard Crimson, she has focused on writing investigative articles that cover topics in education, from post-graduate teaching programs to the reopening of schools in Cambridge last fall.
Before joining the Mary Christie Institute as a summer intern, she worked as a research assistant for adolescent psychologist Emily Pluhar, PhD. She also homed in on her passion for education and educational equity as an intern for Boston city councilor Andrea Campbell. Today, she serves as an instructor at the Eyre Writing Center, teaching 6th through 8th graders.
Mental and Behavioral Health

More Than A Friend (Group)

When Laurie Burstein-Maxwell’s son Dan told her he felt like something was wrong, she understood why he seemed to be distancing from his friends. Before his depression, his mom said, the high school senior spent all his free time out and about in Radnor, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. In…

MCQ. Issue 28
Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

Taking risks, saving lives: MCI report examines peer support in the college setting

Amanda Fowler had been trying to do college the right way. During her first months at the University at Albany in 2019, the 18-year-old threw herself into parties that reminded her of those she’d seen on social media—ones that promised to secure her the most desirable college experience. As she…

MCQ. Issue 28
Mental and Behavioral Health

With Elis for Rachael, Yale alumni use their power to influence mental health policy

Alicia Floyd is still on the clock when she sits down to record. Leaning forward, she films herself from the shoulders up, dressed in a black scrub top, with the pale, empty walls of a hospital call room behind her. “Briefly,” she recounts, “my story is that I matriculated in…

MCQ. Issue 28
Mental and Behavioral Health

The Roommate Lottery

From the messages they’d exchanged before move-in day, Nichole K., now 24, never suspected that her relationship with her newly-assigned college roommate would be anything other than cordial. The two incoming members of the University of Delaware’s class of 2020 didn’t seem to have much in common, Nichole said, but…

MCQ. Issue 27
Basic Needs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

LaGuardia’s Mental Health Peer Specialist Training Program Provide Careers and Community for People with Mental Health Conditions

The pandemic got Sylvia Mahjabeen thinking about her education again. She had spent the last decade cycling through jobs, in industries like retail and fast food, and left her latest gig, packing for Amazon, when lockdown began. The longtime Queens resident from Bangladesh decided to give school another shot. Nearly…

MCQ. Issue 28
Mental and Behavioral Health

Personal and Professional:  The influence of student newspapers on college mental health

The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper, was the first to break the story. Computer science professor Walter Lasecki had faced four allegations of sexual misconduct. Not only was the university aware of the allegations, but its investigation determined his behavior did not violate the school’s harassment policy.…

MCQ. Issue 26
Opinion | Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Time We Wish We Had

I went to a birthday party this August, a few weeks before school started again in-person for the first time since March, 2020. A rising senior, I realized that, with the exception of a few close friends, I probably wouldn’t know most of the people at the party, or at…

MCQ. Issue 23
Basic Needs

Judi Alperin King: The Head of the Wily Network on Basic Needs and Belonging for Students on Their Own

When she turns her camera on, Judi Alperin King, Ph.D., appears on Zoom, revealing a bare backdrop behind her, and the muffled but familiar noise of construction rumbling in the background. She quickly notes that the Wily Network, a safety net organization that supports college students’ basic needs, is expanding…

MCQ. Issue 23
Mental and Behavioral Health, Physical Health

Patterns During the Pandemic: How Eating Disorders Have Affected College Students During COVID-19

When the pandemic struck midway through the second semester of her sophomore year at college, 19-year-old Jane flew thousands of miles home to California and found herself almost entirely without the activities or responsibilities that she’d devoted herself to before. “I went home, and all of a sudden, I had…

MCQ. Issue 22