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    Jin Baek

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    Hi, there! I'm Jin, and I am a passionate, talkative, dessert fanatic. Poems, good books, coconut water, and action movies make me happy. If we ever meet in person, you'll definitely hear me before you see me. You'll want to ask how many energy drinks I've had, but the answer will always be zero.

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Breathing Space

Telephone booth on the first floor of Science

Some days are good at school–I go to my classes, listen to lectures, take several pages worth of notes, and then I get to go home without taking any quizzes or tests. I base my good and bad days on if I have a timed assessment or not. Yes, I hate quizzes and tests.

On one bad day, I had 3 tests in a row, back to back to back. I felt like my anxiety was bubbling inside of my stomach and brain for hours and it was making me even more anxious to know how anxious I was. That’s the cycle of anxiety for you. I was on the first floor of Science when I was done taking my three tests, and I felt nauseous and crabby because I knew I didn’t do well on any of them. I hadn’t slept well the night before because of my pre-test anxiety. I was tired. Stressed. Angry. Frustrated. You know, all those horrible feelings of not doing your absolute best.

I couldn’t help it. I had to cry. And luckily, there was a small hole-in-the-wall telephone booth only a few feet away from where I was walking down the hallway. I squeezed into the tiny booth and shut the door. The closed-off booth shut out all of the noise from the bustling rooms and the science hallway. The compact area made me feel safer in a moment of distress.

Who knew that an obsolete, possibly claustrophobia-inducing, literal hole-in-the-wall telephone booth could be one of the best breathing spaces on campus?

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