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Is It Possible To Be Super Successful AND Do Things Your Way?

Is It Possible To Be Super Successful AND Do Things Your Way?

How many times have you heard people say to you, “work hard” or “hustle harder”?

Plenty probably. But as your life changes, you might start to realize that those old rules are not something you can (or care to) keep up with.

So then the question now becomes, is it at all possible to still be super successful AND do things your way?


Recently Megan Rafuse, Real Campus & Shift Co-Founder, sat down with The Good Grow Great Podcast to talk about the value of treating yourself like you would your own best friend. And:

26:12 The compound effects that can change your business success for worse or better.

27:08 How to deal with a lot of unknowns, uncertainties, and how to get control back to your business.

28:02 How to deal with unprecedented grief, stress, and frustration.

29:25 How to create a new normal that would work for you.

30:01 Ways to stay in control in a high-pressured or chaotic situation.

Listen in on Spotify or Apple Podcast.

We Want to Hear Your Stories

We Want to Hear Your Stories

Hey students! Do you have any stories about living with a wellness challenge that you’d like to share with an audience of students nationally? 

Real Campus is looking for original content about student life for their new community platform, re:tell

re:tell is a digital magazine for students like you to share personal stories, and to break down the walls of shame and stigma that keep people from living their best lives.

We’re looking for honest, heartfelt written pieces that reflect the diversity of student experiences. Struggle and success, resistance and resilience, grief and growth⁠⁠—⁠⁠ it’s all welcome. 

The focus will be on mental health, but we welcome stories about coming to terms with and working through any kind of wellness challenge physical, emotional, social, spiritual, or otherwise. 

If you would like your submission to be considered for our first round of stories, send it to us at by midnight on November 11th, 2019. Submission guidelines and details follow. 

Submission Guidelines: 

  • You must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution or have recently attended one
  • Submissions should be 500 to 1000 words 
  • Content must be about your life as a student and must use respectful and inclusive language 
  • Submissions must include a title 
  • Submissions (and titles) may be subject to edits or modifications by our editorial team 
  • You may request to have your submission shared anonymously. If this is the case, please indicate this in your submission. 

How do I submit? 

  • Send an email to with the following: 
    • Your first and last name: 
    • Would you like to have your name published when your piece is shared? (Yes or No):  
    • The school you attend: 
    • Any social media handles you want to publish with the submission: 
      • Instagram: 
      • Twitter: 
      • Other: 
    • RE:TELL SUBMISSION as the subject line
    • Your written submission – please copy and paste it into the body of the email and not as an attachment. Attachments always complicate things! 

Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for publication.  

And then what? 

Our team will confirm the receipt of your submission. We’ll then review your submissions and select those for publication by the end of November. Successful submissions will be published weekly. You will be notified if your submission is published. 

What should I write about? 

  • Tell us the most challenging part of starting post-secondary studies 
  • Tell us how have had to evolve during your time as a student 
  • Tell us how you maintain your mental health through busy semesters, exams, summers off, etc.
  • Tell us what resources have helped you get through 
  • Tell us about dating as a student or about getting through a breakup
  • Tell us about being far from home or finally finding home
  • Tell us about living with your family while studying 
  • Tell us about going back as a mature student

Thank you! We can’t wait to hear your stories. 

Why Everyone Loses When You Don’t Show Up

Why Everyone Loses When You Don’t Show Up

Hi Folks,

Jordan here from Real Campus. I’m one of the people who runs the program and Shift Collab from behind the scenes.

And today, I want to get frank with you and talk about something important: Some of you have been booking therapy sessions with us and haven’t been showing up to your appointments! 

Now, before I go much further, I want to make it clear that it’s not all people, at all! In fact, the vast majority of you are using and loving the services we provide, which is awesome. But there is a small minority out there that are not showing up for their appointments… sometimes repeatedly.

Also, don’t take my using of “you” in the post title or below as directed at YOU. I’m sure you’re great.

Transparency is important to us. So let me explain why this is frustrating for us, and why no one wins when this happens.

Real Campus is paid for by your student fees. That’s right, your fees. Those student fees are split up a bunch of different ways, and our group gets a small amount to provide ongoing therapy and other support services to you — if you choose to use ’em.

I find in my own life that sometimes when I don’t pay for something directly, I get a little lazy with showing up. And I think a bit of that logic applies here.

It’s kind of if I gave you a gym membership that was fully paid for, versus you paying $100 a month for the same membership. If the membership was paid for, you might slack off and miss the occasional training session without breaking a sweat (pun intended). But, if you were paying the money every month, you’d likely go to the gym more often.

Therapy sessions are no different. If you were paying for each session directly, I bet you’d be much more likely to attend.

Having said that, we also understand that things come up! Life happens. We all get sick, we make mistakes, we get stuck in traffic, we forget appointments. It happens. And that’s totally cool.

But at a scale of operation like ours (Real Campus is a BIG program with nearly 200,000 students enrolled), even a small increase in no-shows leaves a big mark.

To demonstrate my point, here’s what happens when someone doesn’t show up for their session:

  • When you don’t show up, the session still costs money because the therapist and the room still have to be paid for.
  • When you don’t show up, the therapist is still there and is waiting for you.
  • When you don’t show up, someone else that wanted to see that therapist can’t see them.
  • When you don’t show up, we lose one session of the amount of sessions we’ve budgeted for for the whole year.
  • And I can assure you, each session is valuable to the client.  Sometimes one session can change a life.

So if you have an appointment booked and need to cancel or reschedule, we ask for 24 hours notice. You can do that by calling us (1-877-390-7325) or emailing us at You can also cancel and rebook it following the links in the email confirmations you receive. We’re super friendly about it. Just give us notice, that’s all!

If you have a friend that has an appointment scheduled, take an active role to remind them to show up! We know therapy can be scary for many, that’s why it’s important that you support your friends with showing up. You can also ask your friends to hold you accountable if it’s you that has an appointment coming up. Buddy system for the win.

With your help, we can support more people and fight for student mental health. One session at a time. 

Deal? Deal.

Here’s to making a bigger impact together!

– Jord.

PS. Got any feedback on Real Campus or the above? Email me directly!

How To Access Benefits Through Real Campus

How To Access Benefits Through Real Campus

We all know college is a stressful time! Between meeting deadlines, studying for exams, attending classes and making time for friends, we often lose sight of what’s most important: our Health. Real Campus is a Student Assistance Program designed to walk alongside you during your academic journey and to support you in reaching your full potential while paying attention to your physical and mental health.

Are you looking to access Real Campus services but now sure how? We got you! There’s so much to choose from with Real Campus so we wrote this blog to break down the services offered and help you make a decision about what you need.


Look no further! You can access On-Demand Therapy and speak to a therapist for 25 minutes through video, phone, or chat anytime between 8AM and 8PM. Basically like a virtual walk-in counselling clinic!. It’s free and completely confidential.

Here’s how

  • Visit
  • Scroll down, follow the simple steps to create an account
  • Upon creating an account, log in, select your presenting issue and be connected with a therapist within 12 hours.


We get it, sometimes 25 minutes isn’t long enough and you may want consistency with who you’re seeing. Short-Term Therapy can offer you 50-minute sessions with a therapist. And get this: you’ll be able to manage your own session bookings online!

Here’s how:

  • Visit
  • Fill out the form, let us know you’re looking for ongoing therapy, and briefly describe your challenges so we can match you with the right therapist.
  • Submit the form and we will confirm your eligibility. You can expect to hear back from us within 24 hours with your next steps!


Maybe therapy isn’t what you’re looking for and you feel like you may be needing a different type of support. We can help you get financial, legal, academic, and nutritional support.

Here’s how:

  • Visit
  • Fill out the form and let us know what type of support you are looking for. If you’re not sure, briefly describe your challenges so we can help you find the right support.
  • Submit the form and we will confirm your eligibility. You can expect to hear back from us within 24 hours with your next steps!

LOOKING FOR MEDICAL ADVICE? (Not Available to All Schools)

Walk-in clinics can be a pain, and we hear you! As an eligible Real Campus student, you have access to a 24/7 virtual walk-in clinic where you can speak to a licensed physician over video, for free! Get prescriptions, diagnoses, and medical advice all through your phone.

Here’s how:

  • Visit
  • Scroll down, follow the simple steps to create an account
  • After creating an account, log in, select your symptoms, and be connected to a doctor within minutes.



We’re here to help! You can speak directly to a Care Coordinator who will he happy to help you navigate the program and the different services offered.

  • Call us at 1-877-390-REAL (7325) between 8am and 8pm EST. After-hour calls will be redirected to Good2Talk, a post-secondary student helpline.
  • Visit and use the live chat in the bottom corner.
  • Email us at