At Appalachian, we welcome everyone into our family. We appreciate what each unique individual brings to Appalachian, because we know it makes our community richer. Whether you choose to come to our campus or you find another place to call home, we want you to know that it really does get better.
If you need someone to talk to, there are people who can help. You are not alone.
Contact the Counseling Center or the LGBT Center on campus, or call The Trevor Lifeline 24/7 at 866-488-7386.
Video produced by Glenn Dion '11 with Appalachian Media Productions and University Communications. This video and microsite won an AVA Digital gold award in 2013.
Natalie Fullam: When I came to Appalachian I was scared to hug people, I was scared to be close to people because I was not comfortable with myself and who I was. I found a group of people who will love me unconditionally. I found my true family here. I have learned to be myself.
Tommy Wrenn: Thanks to my peers, and the staff and the faculty at Appalachian State, I can really walk around each day and I don’t have to worry about being myself.
Linda Coutant: Well I think as we grow older and we have more life experiences we just have a natural deepening of our self-value and our self-acceptance. With that greater self-acceptance comes a greater sense of self-love and when we love ourselves, other people love us. And our whole world can open up. Life just gets better and better as we age, it really does.
Angel Perez: In times when you don’t feel loved because of who you are, it’s because you’re surrounded by people who make you feel bad about yourself. As you progress in life you will find people who are understanding and love you for the person you really are.
Johnny Burleson: From the moment I stepped foot on this campus, I knew that this was a special place. You hear the term the Appalachian Family a lot and it really is, it really is a family. It’s a very supportive community and I’ve not felt any more supported anywhere else like I have here at Appalachian.
Caroline Noel: Before I came up to Appalachian I could never feel like I could tell anyone about me or how I was feeling until I met the group Transaction and made friends there and met people with similar interests and similar problems and feelings and then I could be myself.
Shelby Forsyth: When I came to Appalachian I befriended people who when I came out to them said “Psst, okay” and we went on to discuss other things. It was like nothing to them, it didn’t matter and they loved me for who I was and who I am.
Tommy: It gets better.
Angel: It gets better.
Natalie: It does get better.
Johnny: It really, really does get better.
Linda: Life just gets better. Everything gets better.
Shelby: It gets better. It gets much, much better.
Caroline: It gets better.
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.