Volume 152 • Issue 1
The Newspaper of Amherst College Since 1868
Friday, November 18, 2022
Number of Articles: 2
First Article: September 29, 2015
Latest Article: August 31, 2017
By Phillip Yan '18
August 31, 2017
When I fell on hard times over the summer, I turned to writing. I wrote down my
thoughts and feelings. I poured my heart out. Then, when I was finished, I
shared the story with my friends online. I confided, and in doing so,
relinquished ownership of my story. My history — my life — was no longer just
mine. It was now also the readers’. Through surrender, I had achieved catharsis.
I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and I could finally
Almost immediately, I received
September 29, 2015
This piece is inspired by Thomas Dumm’s article “Taking Yourself Seriously,”
which appeared in the Amherst Disorientation Guide.
I write this letter to the few: the few students on campus who struggle under
the weight of participating in too many extracurriculars. I write as someone who
has walked this path, and who had diverged from it. I also write as a human
speaking on the aspect of our condition that is loneliness.
I say I write this letter for the few, because from my observations, most