Humans of UMD: “I really dislike the whole mindset of the town that I’m from…”

by Morgan Politzer For Unwind Magazine “Everything that I’ve done from my hometown in New Jersey I really dislike. And I really dislike the whole mindset of the town that I’m from. Coming here and starting new, I was really able to find different avenues of what I’m interested in and different things and finding out a lot about myself since coming to college.” Dylan … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “I really dislike the whole mindset of the town that I’m from…”

Humans of UMD: “I was originally pre-med until last semester…”

by Morgan Politzer For Unwind Magazine “I was originally pre-med until last semester. This past summer, I went to Uganda for a mission service trip. We were constructing a secondary school in this rural village. One of the people there had an 8-month-old son who had a really runny eye, and they were asking me if I had any medical knowledge about what to do. … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “I was originally pre-med until last semester…”

Humans of UMD: “My life felt like it was going downhill.”

by Morgan Politzer For Unwind Magazine “I’m a Varsity running here, and running has always been a big part of my life. There was one time I ran a race that didn’t particularly go the way that I wanted it to. I was supposed to qualify for States and I didn’t, and at the time, my life felt like it was going downhill, you know, … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “My life felt like it was going downhill.”

Humans of UMD: “I decided to write a letter to my future self…”

by Tyler Ecker Unwind Photographer “One night when I couldn’t sleep because I was worrying about school again, I decided to write a letter to my future self. I plan to read this letter again when I graduate college, in hopes that by walking across that stage I will be reminded of how far I’ve come and how much farther I can go.” Jackie Camer, … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “I decided to write a letter to my future self…”

Humans Of UMD: “I’ve been dealing with depression since I was in seventh grade.”

by Tyler Ecker Unwind Photographer “I’ve been dealing with depression since I was in seventh grade. In high school, I started to self-harm. In my sophomore year of college, I started overdosing on pain pills. Now, I am a junior at the University of Maryland taking medication for my depression and have to go to group therapy weekly. I am currently six months clean from … Continue reading Humans Of UMD: “I’ve been dealing with depression since I was in seventh grade.”

Humans of UMD: “I heard it pop. I tore a couple things and cracked a femur.”

by Iris Vukmanovic For Unwind Magazine “I was a soccer player. I played club and high school. I’ve played since I was four. I was a midfielder. I went up for a headball and the goalie and I collided and she hit my knee…I heard it pop. I tore a couple things and cracked a femur. It was my junior year of high school. It … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “I heard it pop. I tore a couple things and cracked a femur.”

Humans of UMD: “At some point, I came to the conclusion that people here were unkind but then I realized it’s just the culture”

by Iris Vukmanovic For Unwind Magazine “I moved here in 2013, I believe, and around August/September. I’ve been here for five years now. It was a culture shock. It’s different and I had a lot to take in–especially with the school system. So, it was hard, and getting used to…the idea that you could just walk past someone — I don’t know. It’s just a … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “At some point, I came to the conclusion that people here were unkind but then I realized it’s just the culture”

Humans of UMD: “I may be 10 percent this or 20 percent that, but I am 100 percent me.”

By Olivia Brady For Unwind Magazine “My friends and I founded [Beyond Shelter]. We wanted to help individuals with resumes, finding jobs, etc to help them rise from homelessness. What we are seeing now, even around campus, is a lot of gentrification. Yes, everything looks nicer and people are excited about a Whole Foods, but it is disheartening that people aren’t thinking about the individuals … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “I may be 10 percent this or 20 percent that, but I am 100 percent me.”

Humans of UMD: “With one person, you can make ripples, but with a lot of people joining together, you can make waves of change.”

By Olivia Brady For Unwind Magazine “I am a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and we are currently doing a pie in the face event to raise money for World AIDs Day. Helping others is a huge part of who I am and that’s why I joined my sorority. It’s a community service sorority, that seeks to serve primarily the black community, and service … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “With one person, you can make ripples, but with a lot of people joining together, you can make waves of change.”

Humans of UMD: “People in this country often talk about privilege, and many of them don’t realize how good they actually have it.”

By Olivia Brady For Unwind Magazine “Before college, every other summer, we would go to Pakistan. We would live in the city with our grandparents. There is a lot of poverty in Pakistan—popular streets would have hundreds of beggars on it. I was always taught to just ignore them. We were in this roadside restaurant. My family and I are enjoying a coke,and I see … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “People in this country often talk about privilege, and many of them don’t realize how good they actually have it.”

Humans of UMD: “I want to help people, just like I have been able to help her.”

By Olivia Brady For Unwind Magazine “The University of Maryland has brought me amazing friends and almost a second family, but as I take in all the new experiences, I think back to one person who shaped me more than anyone and that person is my sister. My sister has some mental health issues: she was in the hospital when she was younger and I … Continue reading Humans of UMD: “I want to help people, just like I have been able to help her.”