I am a student at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City. Growing up, I have noticed how the anxiety of my fellow classmates has grown rampantly. Unfortunately, anxiety is rarely discussed in academic or social settings. Additionally, there is a stigma that academic and social anxiety are not real and experiences are often invalidated. I believe that it is vital to take control of a narrative that recognizes anxiety as a subject that requires attention. Experiences with anxiety are different for everyone and no one is immune to them. As someone who has experienced anxiety myself, I began this podcast to hear from specialists and understand the personal experiences of others. Before addressing the problem, we must understand it and forums like this are an effective way to do so. The more we talk about it, the more we learn, and the easier it gets for everyone.