LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
The idea for CORRIDORS started brewing the summer before I left for college. Coming from a top-scoring, ivy-feeding public school in North Jersey, I’m all too familiar with the emotional turmoil education can inflict on students. My friends and I would have multiple mental breakdowns a month trying to keep up our grades, extracurriculars, college applications, social lives, and basic health. I’ve talked down multiple friends close to killing themselves for getting B’s on essays or under 2000 on the SAT. High school burnout is a real thing, and I watched the whole thing smolder into a charred heap by the end of the year.
The grade stress in college is a lot more subdued, but replaced with every other stressful purgatory: adjusting to a new location, creating new friendships, living on your own, figuring out the right relationship with food and sleep, trying to afford your classes in the first place, and, of course, the impending doom of your career path AKA the ~rest of your life~. With all of this on students’ shoulders, they’re still followed around by the myths that most college students are vapid, co-dependent, and spend all their time at parties or on their phones.
When education is discussed in most forums, student mental health is grossly overlooked. State governments discuss how to raise test scores rather than creating safe and healthy spaces in their schools. Colleges are often more worried about their rankings than providing adequate mental health care for students. We deserve a space to have an ongoing dialogue about what mental health looks and feels like during these stressful times.
This is where CORRIDORS begins. I wanted a space where students could express themselves and the different facets of their neurodivergence however they chose. I wanted a space where readers could be educated about student mental illness in an engaging and creative way. More than anything, I wanted a space for neurodivergent students to experience art from people like them, making them feel a little less alone in this world.
I am so thankful for all of the artists that submitted their creations to our inaugural issue. If you would like to be part of the project, check out our submission guidelines and send your piece along. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy Issue One!