The first step to fixing something is acknowledging it

Why I only spend time at Vic if I’m in a good mood   Hi. It’s me, an average Vic student. I have a great group of friends, love my classes, and do most of my readings (sometimes). I don’t sleep during exam season, I procrastinate on papers, and I’m trying my best to navigate the emotional and hormonal roller coaster that is young adulthood. Most of the time I’m pretty good at it, but sometimes, the stress gets the better of me. Let me introduce you to Victoria College: It’s tucked away in the Northeast corner of campus, it’s welcoming, positive, and inclusive, and it has the best weekly pancake brunches at UofT. Vic prides itself on this positivity and inclusivity. It tries to be—even sees itself as—this pretty, shiny, happy place. And it succeeds. Wherever you walk, you’re met with bubbly smiles and chirpy hellos, which is amazing, unless you’re a) introverted, b) exhausted, or c) just not having a good day. It’s great, until it’s not. The issue with Vic’s hyperpositivity is straightforward: if you’re not feeling it yourself, you’ve got a problem. Vic doesn’t let you be unhappy. If you walk through the Goldring Student Centre with any semblance of a frown on your face, you’ll find that you’re met—almost instantly—with an overwhelming inundation of resources, advice, support systems, suggestions, etc: all ways to make...

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