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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

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Students’ mental health struggles persist as pandemic drags on

By Ann E. Matica and Frankie Rowley
March 18, 2021

Trigger Warning: Mentions of mental health issues and suicide.  Students are continuing to struggle with their mental health one year into living through a pandemic, with the cumulative effects of...

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

Starting college during the pandemic takes a toll on mental health

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
January 24, 2021

Moving onto campus for the first time as a freshman is daunting. Stepping out of your comfort zone while meeting new people from different backgrounds is one of the building blocks of the college experience....

A sign point to a polling place in Boston City Hall on Election Day Nov. 3

Stressed about the election? Here are some resources that can help

By Lucia Thorne, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
November 3, 2020

There’s a reason why Google posted a breathing exercise video to its Twitter account.  As the end of Election Day nears, political anxiety is much higher than previous elections. To add on to the...

Emersons downtown Boston campus.

Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

By Seren Cho
October 19, 2019

Part of my identity is made up of being academically successful, or, for a better use of the term, a “know-it-all.” Growing up half-Korean in a Korean-dominated household, I learned that I couldn’t...

Too often I find myself crediting superstitions as the reason behind a missed opportunity or a particular result. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: The irrationality behind clinging to superstition

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
April 10, 2019

I stood calmly on the moving escalator at the Peoria Civic Center in Illinois. I was a senior in high school competing at the Speech State Championship, where I just finished my second round of competitive...

Guilt-tripping individuals for staying in can make them feel needlessly self-conscious. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Don’t let peer pressure trick you into partying

By Katie Schmidt
March 27, 2019

When I attended community college, I became an inside joke with my friends because I didn’t go out that often. If you stayed in on the weekend, or avoided a party because you had too much work, or weren’t...

Even during evening runs on the Common, I find myself locating stores, lit areas, and clusters of people to run to if I’m ever in danger. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Exercise for women shouldn’t come with threats

By Katie Schmidt
October 11, 2018

Two summers ago a man in a car followed me while I jogged in my neighborhood. After two instances where he insisted I stop running and speak to him, I fled to my former high school's  swimming pool,...

Despite my valiant attempt at perfection, my time as editor turned out more like a stream of consciousness ramble than a polished final draft. Illustration by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Op-ed: Moving past panic and perfection

By Allison Hagan
April 18, 2018

During my first critique as editor-in-chief of the Beacon, our advisor described my decision to feature the profane internet term “shitposting” in a headline on the front page as “regrettable.”...

I began measuring my accomplishments and successes against those around me and associating my intelligence, my creativity, and even my appearance with my ability to be the best at everything right away.

Just keep swimming: coping with others’ success

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
February 14, 2018

Growing up, everyone told me I was a “gifted” child. My GPA and standardized test scores deemed me capable of changing the world. I could write novels, run for office, or find the cure for cancer...

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