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Rebecca Torrence


The Plaza misters run on a timer from April to October, regardless of the weather.  Some people have also complained about the misters running at night, but others say they create a nice ambience in the evening.

How to be depressed

One night during my first year, I called my mother in the middle of a breakdown. With tears rolling down my cheeks, I told her that a new mental illness was destroying my life, and that I felt utterly helpless to stop it. “I know how to be anxious, Mom. But I don’t know how to be depressed.” 

Students head over to Perkins, ready for a long night of studying.

Productivity isn't your purpose

I feel immensely guilty when I’m not being productive. Even when I’m choosing to do something fun, or putting my work down because I know I need a break, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that I’m wasting my life away. 

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