She battled an eating disorder her junior year of high school. It relapsed her sophomore year of college.
Through that time, junior strategic communication major Madison Oberg knew her journey had purpose.
“I had always kind of hoped that I would get to use my story and see if it would affect or make some sort of change in even just one person,” Oberg said.
As part of her Chancellor’s Leadership Social Change Project, Oberg said she is working with the Feed Your Body and Soul Campaign. Oberg and Eric Wood, associate director of counseling and mental health, will conduct two training sessions about students helping other students with eating disorders.
Tuesday, March 17, at noon, campus leaders including resident assistants and chapter presidents may attend a luncheon at the Kelly Alumni Center. All students can attend a similar session Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m., in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom.
“The Monday session is lot of dialogue about the issue at TCU, my experience and the importance of helping your friends,” Oberg said. “For the Wednesday one, it will be more of a presentation instead of an open forum.”
Her idea about the collaboration began at the Chancellor’s Leadership Program junior retreat last fall. The purpose of this organization includes a cohort of students that develop individual social change projects. Oberg and the other members completed activities and journaling exercises to determine their project.
“The program is a three-and-a-half-year commitment that allows students to learn about leadership and social change,” said Ebony Rose, TCU Leadership Center assistant director. “It all builds to their legacy project that represents something they’re passionate about.”
Wood says the Counseling and Mental Health Center holds events for the Feed Your Body and Soul campaign annually.
“Madison took a lot of initiative,” Wood said. “She came in and asked what she could do to help and I think this event will be good for our campus leaders.”
Oberg hopes her story will encourage students to act as a support and a voice for other students.
“We are going to give the tools to help a friend that may be in need,” she said. “Who knows? You can even reach someone who is struggling themselves and it could prompt them to get help.”
Leaders interested in the Tuesday session should email [email protected] to secure a spot.