This year Fordham is dedicating time to recognizing student mental health by participating in a national event called “Fresh Check” Day. Fresh Check Day is organized by the Jordan Porco Foundation, which is a family organization founded by a family after their son committed suicide in college. Through this organization, several schools across the country have began taking part in this event in an attempt to recognize the stresses of college and communicate the importance of mental health.
I have always faced anxiety in life. It began when I was young when my parents separated. I couldn’t sleep at night, talking to friends was a challenge and I was even afraid of my dad for a while, which was not his fault.
When it comes to stopping an emotional breakdown in its tracks, look no further than “Blame It on the Boogie” by the Jackson 5. It’s the first song I force my robot slave, Alexa, to play in the morning and the last song I listen to at night.
Mental health is composed of three main categories; cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing according to Medical News Today. In regards to emotional wellbeing, it is important to remember all emotions are valid and worthy of being accepted and expressed in healthy ways. There are a variety of beneficial coping mechanisms for managing difficult emotions, one of which is listening to music.
Dancing is a cure-all for sadness. Whenever I’m feeling sad or alone, I blast the Saturday Night Fever album at full volume and dance like a maniac. The fervid movements of my limbs distract me for a short time from whatever it is that I’m anxious about at that moment. Out of all the songs on the album “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine band is my favorite by far.
Almost every time it’s rainy or dreary outside, my first instinct is to put on Blackwater Park, by Opeth. It’s hard to overstate how much of an impact that Opeth’s music has had on me both as a musician and a lover of music. It’s hard to separate any particular song on the album in a single or a separate entity, partly because all the songs are incredibly long, and also because of how they seamlessly flow together while still remaining with their distinct identities.
America, look what you made Taylor Swift do. After spending the last several years struggling to win back public favor amid waves of media criticism and online hate comments, Swift has finally found a way to tug at the public’s heartstrings once more. She achieves this not through her usual glossy pop anthems but through the more subtle art of film (and no, I don’t mean Cats.)
In an advert preceding peanut company Planters’ annual Super
Bowl commercial, the famous legume found himself, along with actors
Matt Walsh and Wesley Snipes, in a sticky situation that no one
expected or really wanted to see.
On February 3, America looked on in horror as the dumpster fire known as “The 2020 Iowa Caucus” burned itself into the annals of American history. It was undoubtedly one of the sketchiest elections in US history. From delays in reporting the results to inconsistencies in voting tallies, the Iowa Caucus was a disaster in almost every way possible.
Voting is super cool! At the risk of sounding like an out-of-touch politician, voting systems are intensely important. As much as I wish there was more attention on voting systems, it’s far from most Americans’ priorities. However, the debacle that was the Iowa Caucuses has given me slight hope that such a terrible system might change.