Midterm season is upon us, and sometimes a good break from being on campus is a good thing. One of the best things about Tufts is how close the campus is to Boston. Walking to Davis square and hopping on the train, arriving in Boston within minutes, is something that I try to take advantage of as much as I can. On Saturday, October 10th, my friend and I planned to start an adventure at about 9 am to spend as much time we can off-campus. We met up in front of Harleston Hall and began walking to Davis Square while trying to discuss what we wanted to do on that day. We hopped on the red line and made our way to Park Station. Once we got there we decided to go to Goodwill, which is located right on the BU campus. We took the green line train and set off on a much farther adventure. The green line is by far one of my favorite tracks, and yes it is the track that takes the longest time because of the continuous stops, but I love the part where the tracks would be in between two roads, allowing me to see people walking around the streets living their normal lives.
Due to the time we are currently living in, it's nice to see people (with their masks on of course) still going on with their lives and not letting the current situation stop them from doing what has to get done to achieve bigger things. Also, I don’t know if it's just me, but one of the reasons why I love going into the city so much is because when I see people going on with their busy day and completing everything they have to do, it motivates me to go back to campus to finish the work I’ve been procrastinating all week. When we arrived at our stop we walked towards the thrift shop and successfully found some really good pieces. I found a flannel, a sweater, and some pants in preparation for the chilly weather. After shopping and spending the money I don't have, we both agreed it was time to eat something. We then began wandering around and out of nowhere, we were drawn to a big red sign placed on an old brick building. We looked at each other and realized it was destiny, we had arrived at Five Guys, and at that very moment, I began salivating at the thought of their burgers. We walked in, placed our order, and witnessed the most life fulfilling moment to have a burger from an establishment I would eat at all the time back home. After the meal, I continued pursuing my major in coffee and stopped by a coffee shop to reset my energy for the rest of the day. I went with the basic iced vanilla latte which hasn't failed me yet, and we waited for the train to take us into Newbury Street. Once we got there, I participate in one of my favorite activities to do which was window shopping. But seeing people eating their food and walking around took my mind off of school for a moment, which was very refreshing. After walking around Newbury street and taking some Instagram photos, we set for our final train ride for the day back to Davis.
Trips like these are what keep me mentally sane. We all need a break from school and our surroundings, so it's more than okay to take advantage of the city. But one of the most valuable aspects of going on trips like these with a few friends isn’t necessarily what you do, but the conversations that come up just by walking down the street. On this trip, my friend and I talked spoke about aspects of our lives that we hadn't known before. We talked about how we are feeling and our goals for the next week or next month, to keep each other accountable. The biggest piece of advice I could give to anyone reading this is to enjoy life outside of campus. Plan days where you don’t have to worry about school work and set off on new adventures with people you are close to or want to get to know more of. These trips have a greater benefit than you might expect. There is only one downside to exploring Boston, and that is spending money, trust me I try to avoid that as much as possible. However, these adventures allow your mind to have a break from all the school work and responsibilities that you have. Then, this break allows your brain reset and make you feel even more motivated and energized when you come back, which honestly is the feeling to have.
Below are some of the photos I took on this adventure, enjoy!