Thoughts from Places: Pearson Hall

With another midterm season approaching its end (because somehow a semester has multiple middles here at Tufts), I found myself in a familiar place: room 106 of Pearson Hall. Flipping through the pages of a 10-question chemistry exam and realizing that questions nine and 10 are, in that moment, incomprehensible, is quickly becoming a regular occurrence. […]

Failing Big: No relevant experience required

Tufts Dance Collective (TDC) applications are terrifying in a way that other, more normal applications are not. Getting rejected from groups with skill-based application processes hurts because it’s them telling me that I don’t have what it takes; getting rejected from TDC says that they just don’t like me as a person. Is that being […]

Failing Big: Behind the curtain

If I had met sophomore-me last year, I would have been jealous. A member of six clubs, about to declare a major and surrounded by a solid group of friends, I’ve been checking all the boxes that first-year-me wanted to check. But six clubs means six meetings a week — all an hour or longer […]

Failing Big: Retreat yourself

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go on not one but two retreats for Tufts clubs: TCU Senate and Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC). The Senate retreat was a 24-hour, overnight trip to Nature’s Classroom, while the TUSC retreat was a shorter trip to Dave & Buster’s — starting just two hours after I returned […]

Failing Big: Trust me, I’m a trustee (rep.)

Last week’s column ended on a high note, with hope for the future. As someone with nothing left to lose, putting myself out there can only set me up for success. My Year of Why Not is just beginning, and it’s already a rollercoaster. After not being elected to Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate last […]

Failing Big: A year of why not

College applications love to ask about failure. Your first failure, your most recent failure, even your worst failure, and how you dealt with it. This question is meant to show growth and perseverance, how failing made you stronger. Two years ago, when I was applying to colleges, there was only one problem: I had never […]