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Letter from the Editor

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In recent years, the topic of mental health has finally been getting the attention it deserves. Instead of

being told “you are fine,” we are talking about our issues. As a college student who balances school, jobs and life, I know it can be difficult to take the time to address mental health issues. Everyone is going through things that you may not see at the surface, and you need to be understanding of that. This past semester took a toll on me. I was going through a rough break up while balancing school, work and friends—it was a lot for me to handle. I was able to see a therapist and learned to prioritize my feelings and thoughts. I also picked up a new passion that has helped lead me to a better place mentally. I hope to see the students of UMass Boston and everywhere do the same, as it is easier said than done. You must always keep in mind that things will only get better. It just takes time. If I could go back a year ago and tell myself that, I would. 

This year, I took my passion for photography and ran with it. It helped me find myself and allowed me

to foresee what I’d like to do with my future. I started doing portraits, which then led me to explore concert photography. The thrill of seeing some of your favorite artists and taking images to be shared is the most amazing feeling in the world. I had been told when starting out that it was an unrealistic thing to pursue, but I couldn't see myself doing anything else. This passion allowed me to work hard to get where I am now. Your passions and dreams can lead you to the light and help you find your way. So if you have a passion or dream, do whatever it takes to get there, and it will be worth it in the end. I can look at myself with pride, as I see what I went through to get me where I am today. 

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Olivia Reid, Editor-in-Chief 

Covet

Riley Hammond

Some say

The journey is worth more

Than the destination—though

What is there to say

When the destination 

Is merely a concept 

 

The mind is a foreign place

An escape

 

Sitting in the basement of my thoughts

I find a quiet still

Not dark, not light, not grey,

Though ambiguous

 

I think many people are scared 

To sit in that quiet, and listen

To what filters in

Oftentimes,

Our deepest fears

Lie within ourselves

How else are we to learn, to heal,

If we always turn away

What lies below, guides,

Our everyday lives

It’s easy for me to fade

To feel like a ghost in my own life

 

Withering away,

Control slipping through my fingers

And my own being 

Put on the back burner

he cacophony of life

Overwhelms the mind,

And we cannot ignore it

               We must listen

               We must respond

               We must be present

For to ignore this sound

Is to ignore the world

It is only natural, I think, to

Fall into this loudness

To embrace it

So then, how do I not

Lose myself in the noise

It seems to me

The only way is to 

Turn all of that attention inward

To find the sound 

That we ourselves make

To try

Is a scary thing, because

It implies success

Or failure

What does it mean

If I try, and

can't seem to correct anything

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I’m determined to find out

 

Through the fear, and the pain

I am learning

 

I am healing, or

At least I’d like to think so

Because

It is only in this silence

That I begin to regain myself

Writers

 

Joe Potts

Ben Egan

Joe Barca

Samantha Stanley

Madison Tonti

Robert Castagna

Valentina Valderamma Perez

Riley Hammond

Artists and

Photographers

 

Samantha Stanley

Riley Hammond

Olivia Reid

Eva Lycette
Jaffna Innocent

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San Francisco, CA 94158

Tel: 123-456-7890

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