Mind the Gap: The emotional toll of being poor on campus

I often forget how rich the people sitting next to me in class are. Most of my close friends at Tufts are also low income, and other friends are not likely to talk openly about their class (or even realize the privilege it holds). There is a certain stress that exists when you have grown […]

Mind the Gap: Queering relationships for mental growth

Throughout my life, I have grappled with the concept of romantic love. Growing up with a strong single mother and a combination of anxiety and low self-confidence, I didn’t have any model to base my definition on. Having few experiences seeing people in conventional romantic relationships outside of television, I saw romance as both unrealistic and […]

Mind the Gap: The self-care dichotomy

In the past few years, a mindset that acknowledges mental illness has become more prevalent in the mainstream: Self-Care Culture. In communities where many people suffered on a daily basis, dialogue arose reminding people to take breaks or do something to make themselves feel better in times of struggle. This kind of rhetoric quickly snowballed into […]

Mind the Gap: Checking in with small talk

We’ve all been there before: writing the whole paper the day before it’s due, scrambling to review material seconds before the exam, juggling extracurriculars. This university is full of opportunities that seem unending at times. Throughout our time here, especially during freshman year, there is an insidious pressure to “make the most of your time.” There is […]