Arts Under The Stars

Following is a longer version of the interview done with CSUCI’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This interview consists of talks on trauma, grief and various other issues and coping methods alongside them. The clinicians talk about what services CAPS provides, how they provide them how as a student, can you benefit from them.

Among the many things mentioned in the interview, there is the Borderline Group Therapy session ran by Dr. Huang. More information on this and other group sessions can be found here.

The following two links were provided by CAPS in regards to coping with traumatic events:

American Psychological Association has provided ways to manage stress after a shooting, which unfortunately has become a norm in modern US – Managing Stress Following a Shooting

The American Red Cross has listed ways for self-care following trauma– Strategies for Self Care

The links below are on campus resources available to you as a student / faculty. All of them are free of charge.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Student Health Services

CSUCI Pantry

Emergency Funds

Emergency Housing


These websites also contain links and phone numbers for other types of crisis prevention.

Off campus resources –

Ventura County Fire Department Resources – Contains links for all aid and governmental resources available for residents living in Ventura County.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Aids with distress, prevention and crisis resources in many different fields.

Ventura County Red Cross – Lists resources and tips on finding shelter, help and recovering after a disaster.

You are always welcome to use this webpage to find potential sources that can help you. Links and resources will be updated regularly.

If you or anyone you know who might be affected by the events that happened last semester, or anything that happened in the past or in future, please do seek help if you need it. At the end of the day, on this tiny blue dot in endless space, we are all we have. So, please take care of yourself and each other.

Part of this project involved finding coping methods and tips from CSUCI students who experienced these events first hand. This was where the research came in for this project. Click here to explore what they had to say. A total of 121 students’ responses were collected. Here are some of their responses.

Have an emergency bag ready to go in your car and home. Talk to friends and family about events that occurred. Go to counseling.

Research how you can get help. Keep your phone charged and follow events on social media and on official updates on events.

Do positive things that make you happy. Try to get your mind off it.

Stay calm and support one another. Make sure to not be quick to judge. You don’t know what people are going through or have gone through.

I focused on helping my roommates who were crying and panicking. Helping others is a comforting feeling and it helped me deal with the tragedies.

I am currently going through CAPS to deal with the shooting. The on-campus resources are there for you.

Focus on calmer times. Try to look at positives and do your best to go through the situation.

Do as much as you can with your time. Remember, this is temporary.

Take care of your friends and family. You might be fine, but they can be struggling. Be there for them.

The shooting and the fires happened within a day. Living close to Borderline bar, made things even more real for me. But it also made me realize that just as people can harm others and impact their lives, we can also help others and have an even bigger impact.

Do not isolate yourself. That is the worst thing you can do. Pray to God, seek counseling, and seek help from friends and family.

Talk to people. Open up. Don’t let your emotions stay inside.

I attended the CSUCI vigil and I cried the entire time. But so was everyone else and after the vigil, I made a lot more friends and felt a sense of relief because of the shared emotions.

Find good friends that you can trust when times are hardest. No matter what you are going through, someone can always help.

I housed a few people who were evacuated. Seeing how worried and stressed they were made me try my best to do as much as I could for them.

Stay calm and try to protect yourself and others around you. As soon as you see something report it. Use social media to inform others.

Slow down and breathe. Your mental and physical health are more important than getting an assignment done on time. Talk to your professors, most are very understanding.

Don’t fight hate with hate, love other and help where you can.

Remain calm at all times. Keep awareness up. Analyze and know what’s best for you. Take action if you feel confident.

Seeking counseling would help to better understand what occurred and how to most past the pain.

Set some time aside and reflect on the event. Try to take healthy beneficial steps forward.

Take the time to let yourself heal. School can wait.

I learned tools from CAPS such as making to do lists and applying the 1-3-5 rule and used to deal with my asthma and anxiety from the events.

Take everything as it comes. When you feel like your world is coming down around you, just focus on each moment. Just make it through, and then you can deal with everything else. Your mental and physical health are most important, school comes after that.

I was fortunate enough to have my friends offer me shelter after me and my family were evacuated. It made me realize the power of friendship and I will reciprocate their generosity.

Be there for each other. Humans are social animals, and especially times like these, having a sense of belonging and friendship goes a long way. It helped me deal with someone who I lost at the Borderline shooting.

Do whatever healthy things that you can do to relieve stress and pressure during these moments. Otherwise collectively, they will take a toll on you not just mentally but physically as well.

I remember and remind myself of the saying “No matter what, we will get through this.”

The news clips used in the video were to give a sense of events happening in the present times. Many events went on to have much bigger impact in terms of human lives that were lost and the structural damage incurred. The videos listed are all the natural and man-made disasters that occurred between late 2017 and 2018 which were used for making this project. The images used are listed below as well.

Videos in order of appearance –

Kerala Floods 1

Kerala Floods 2

Japan Floods

Indonesia Tsunami

Hurricane Maria 1

Hurricane Maria 2

Las Vegas Shooting

Parkland Shooting 1

Parkland Shooting 2

Woolsey Fire

Camp Fire

Borderline Shooting

Interview Music

References (in alphabetical order) –

1333, Mark. YouTube, YouTube, 17 Aug. 2018,

CNN. YouTube, YouTube, 2 Oct. 2017,

CNN. YouTube, YouTube, 7 July 2018,

CNN. YouTube, YouTube, 24 Dec. 2018,

The Times of India. YouTube, YouTube, 18 Aug. 2018,

ABS News. YouTube, YouTube, 20 Sept. 2017,

ABS News. YouTube, YouTube, 28 Aug. 2018,

ABC News. YouTube, YouTube, 15 Feb. 2018,

ABC News. YouTube, YouTube, 10 Nov. 2018,

ABC News. YouTube, YouTube, 9 Nov. 2018,

ABC News. YouTube, YouTube, 8 Nov. 2018,

ABC News. YouTube, YouTube, 14 Feb. 2018,

Music, Ross Bugden -. YouTube, YouTube, 27 Nov. 2016,

Images used:

Woolsey Fire 1

Camp Fire

Indonesia Tsunami

Japan Floods

Las Vegas Shooting

Borderline Shooting

Parkland Shooting Memorial

Las Vegas Blood donation

Tubbs Fire

Kerala Floods 1

Kerala Floods 2

Woolsey Fire 2

American Red Cross

Parkland Vigil

Las Vegas Memorial

USNS Comfort

Paradise Strong

Borderline Memorial

CSUCI Borderline Candlelight Vigil


AFP, and Getty Images. “The Woolsey Fire Reaches the Ocean along Pacific Coast Highway, near Malibu, on Friday.” Curbed, Vox Media, 19 Nov. 2019.

“Borderline Shooting Memorial.” Conejo Valley Guide, Conejo Joe, 21 Nov. 2018.

Bryan, Tyler. “MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING.” Flickr, SmugMug, 15 Feb. 2018.

“Community Response to Mass Shooting at Borderline.” Global Giving, Global Giving Foundation, Inc.

CSUCI. “CSUCI Borderline Shooting Candlelight Vigil.” Instagram, 28 Nov. 2018.

Getty Images. “A Message Is Written on Driveway of a Coffey Park Home That Was Destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 23, 2017, in Santa Rosa, California. Residents Are Returning to Their Homes after a Fast Moving and Deadly Wildfire Destroyed 8,400 Structures and Claimed the Lives of at Least 42 People.” KNBC Channel 4, NBCUniversal Television Group, 29 Oct. 2017.

Kranz, Doug. “Las Vegas Residents Line up around United Blood Services to Donate after the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas.” Aol, Verizon Media, 3 Oct. 2017.

Kyodo. “A Firefighter Carries a Girl over Debris Sunday Evening in Uwajima, Ehime Perfecture.” The Japan Times, The Japan Times, Ltd., 9 July 2018.

Marcus, Steve. “A Memorial to the Shooting Victims in Las Vegas. New Details Released by the Police Have Raised Questions about the Authorities’ Response.” The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 10 Oct. 2017.

Morledge, Fred. “Route 91 Victims Vigil.” Flickr, SmugMug, 8 Oct. 2017.

News Service of Florida. “Parkland Shooting Memorial.” Orlando Weekly, Michael Wagner, 3 Jan. 2019.

Red Cross, Indonesia. “Humanitarian Aid, Indonesia.”, Government Digital Service, 2 Oct. 2018.

PTI. “Rescue Operations Being Carried out at Flood-Affected Regions, in Kochi on Saturday.” Mint, HT Media, 19 Aug. 2018.

Simmons, Matthew. “Firefighters from Various Departments Worked to Protect Structures as the Woolsey Fire Moved through Southern California.” ESPN, ESPN Internet Ventures, 5 Dec. 2018.

Tatlow, Dermont, and American Red Cross. “Fast Moving Wildfire Swept through the Hills of Ventura County CA Early Tuesday Morning December 5 Leaving Devastation for Miles and Residents Seeking Shelter as They Were Forced to Evacuate the Area.” Wiles Magazine, Teryl Warren, 11 Dec. 2017.

Reuters. “Volunteers at an Aid Distribution Centre inside a Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.” Hindustan Times, Shobhana Bhartia, 19 Aug. 2018.

Tyska, Jane, and Bay Area News Group. “A Chico Police Cruiser Passes by a Sign Thanking Firefighters and Emergency Personnel on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and East Park Avenue after the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.” Los Angeles Daily News, Ron Hasse, 27 Nov. 2018.

U.S. Navy. “USNS Comfort Is Underway off the Coast of Puerto Rico to Provide Humanitarian Relief.” Flickr, SmugMug, 29 Sept. 2017.

Yam, Marcus. “Couple Hugs after They Manage to Recover Keepsake Bracelet in the Rubble of Their Destroyed Home, after the Camp Fire Razed through Paradise, California, on Nov. 15, 2018.” CNBC, NBCUniversal Television Group, 16 Nov. 2018.

Sammi Olson, a CSUCI student who also participated on stage for this project, composed and wrote an original song that was showcased in the video. These are the lyrics:


From now on they’re gonna ask

Where were you when it happened

At center stage falling to your knees

But you weren’t even acting

Were you home alone woken from your sleep

To a sky full of ashes

Trying to get out but there’s no safe route

And now you’re just stranded

I’m crying today and I don’t know what to do, how to feel, or what to say

I’m losing my mind, confused and sick, I’m traumatized

From now on they’re gonna ask

How are you doing?

Are you sitting up at the break of dawn

Cause your dreams are ruined

Do you run through town when no one’s around

Cause you’re scared to stop moving

Do you wear a mask to hide the pain

Cause you don’t wanna lose it

I’m trying today but I don’t know if I’m sad or angry or in pain

I’m fighting through. I’m feeling it too, I’m right here with you

So fall to your knees and let it all out

Then get back on your feet again

Shake off the dirt do what you can

We’ll all find the light at the end

I’m healing today and I don’t know if I’m good yet, but I’ll be okay

Cause I won’t stay down, I’m up off the ground, I’m stronger now

From now on they’re gonna know, you’re a survivor.