As an international student, I didn’t really know anything about homecoming. I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know what was supposed to happen – I didn’t even know it existed! Unfortunately, this meant that when I found out we had a long weekend, I planned a trip to New York. So yes, I missed my first homecoming. All weekend, while I was receiving hilarious Snapchats from my friends’ homecoming celebrations, the only thing I was trying to do was enjoy my time beyond the worries of college.
This made me think back to a time around orientation during which I first learned the term “Tufts Bubble.” When I first heard my International Orientation leaders talk about this phenomenon, I thought it was the generic Tufts pep talk, telling us to “go explore,” “step out of our comfort zone,” or any other cliché phrase you can think of. But no, it wasn’t. I know I haven’t been at Tufts for very long, but I’ve already gotten a sense that there is indeed a “Tufts Bubble.”
It makes sense if you think about it: Boston is 15 minutes away (assuming you catch the Joey), Davis Square has dozens of restaurants, and the nearest university is Harvard. Why would anyone ever leave Tufts?
Well, I’ll tell you why you should.
First of all, it gives you a fantastic way to get your head out of collegiate problems. Although you may find it difficult to believe that you’ll stop thinking about your thesis due next whenever, I assure you, if you get off campus, you will start thinking about other things. It’s also a great way to de-stress. They say retail therapy is a great calming agent, and I couldn’t agree more. Even if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, leaving campus gives you the opportunity to do the things you can’t on campus, but used to do all the time at home: going to a museum, seeing a musical, and the like.
I would like to urge you to try getting out of the “Tufts Bubble.” You may not think it exists, but what I’ve found is that you won’t notice it until you get out of it. Stop worrying about your academic problems. Getting off campus is a great reminder that there is a vast and vibrant world outside of Tufts.
Many of you reading this blog are new here and would like to explore Tufts first, but you should seriously consider taking an evening or a weekend off and just go explore Boston. It will be worth your while and hopefully you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Hopefully, you’ll be able to come back to campus and help explain to your friends what I’m trying to explain here. And maybe you’ll be able to convince them to try out the wonderful attractions that lie within Boston.
Do be careful though. Please make sure that you’re not missing any important Tufts events, because one of my biggest regrets in college so far is the fact that I missed my first homecoming. Someone want to fill me in?