• Health

    Safe at home 

    Cindy Hershal*, an English major studying at the University of Toronto (U of T), has always struggled with anxiety. She dealt with social anxiety and the fear of public speaking throughout all of elementary and secondary school.  When Hershal had her first panic attack during class, things began to spiral. Feeling lightheaded, dizzy and short of breath, she abruptly left the classroom. Hershal found a private washroom to be alone and calm her nerves.  The terror was visceral.  “I thought I was going to die. Or just completely lose my grip on reality. It was so scary,” she says. This first attack left Hershal frightened about it happening again. She…

  • Creative

    White Whale

    A white whale—I swim in its mouth all year  A darkened room, a maze made of keepsakes  A mauve turtleneck, tight around the shoulders  Cracked, plastic champagne flutes Your fingers trace my collarbones until they meet in the middle A burlap sack race that ends in a tie  My neck snapped and nobody noticed, I propped it up with a metal rod and a roll of masking tape,  A makeshift body, broken,  Burnt palms in lace gloves Cover rock bottom with a flashy rug and maybe they won’t notice.  I was a snake with its tail in its mouth, a cycle too comfortable to break  Now, Suspicious peace, a buoy…