College is one of the most pivotal milestones in a person’s life. Filled with transition, excitement, nerves, and energy, college can seem like a lot, but what we often do not realize is that everyone had a past before their college experience. Every single person had a high school experience, and that had a lasting impact on them as well, something that is consistently attributed to the choices and interactions they make and have during college.

Netflix is currently streaming Thirteen Reasons Why, the screen adaptation of the novel by the same name from Jay Asher. The story tells the story of young Hannah Baker, a high school aged student who committed suicide. Over the course of the novel and the series, the story follows Clay Jensen, one of thirteen recipients of tapes re-creating the story of Hannah’s life and her subsequent death. I cannot tell you how important this series is. Not only does it touch on many themes seen in college such as bullying, self image, sexual assault, etc., it hones in on the clear reality that everything we do has an effect.

Bullying, sexual assault, identity congruence, and all these themes seen in the novel are experienced by college-aged students every single day. No one is protected from these harsh milestones we all must face. Both the book and the series do an excellent job portraying the gravity that people have on each other.

The content is heavy, and moves around these themes very rapidly, with very little room to decompress, but such is the flow of being a young adult in today’s society.

If you ever get the chance to see/read Thirteen Reasons Why, I recommend it. If not for yourself, then for the people who were never told that they had a reason why not.