Student Causes Concern After Putting Well-being Before Academics
STAYER HALL — Junior Joanna Yost returned to Boston College last Sunday after a relaxing weekend at home, and found herself in the middle of judgmental and passive-aggressive comments from her peers. They were reportedly “dumbfounded” when she revealed that she had spent her time home unwinding and decompressing with friends and family.
Angela Wertend (MCAS ‘20), Yost’s roommate and a chemistry major on the pre-medical track, was openly offended by Yost’s “laziness.”
“Lynch kids have it so easy. I stayed on campus during Thanksgiving even though my ailing grandmother and cousins who came all the way from Germany were there. I had to study for Analytical Chem, and I still only got a 42 on the final! I can’t just go home whenever I want to take a break!”
This was not the first time Yost has exhibited behaviors that maintain her mental and emotional health. Yost frequently takes study breaks to do “low-priority things,” like call her mom and check-in with her younger brother. According to sources, she also frequently takes yoga classes at the Plex and schedules monthly meetings at University Counseling Services and the Office of Health Promotion.
Concerned friends wonder how Yost will maintain her GPA, obtain stellar recommendation letters, graduate with honors, get accepted into a good graduate school program, work at a high-paying job, and be successful in life if she doesn’t commit all of her time and energy to academics. Wertend vocalized her worries: “Whenever I see that she’s eaten three healthy meals a day, slept eight hours, or whipped out her sketchbook to dedicate time to her ‘passion,’ I pray that God will help her.”
At press time, Yost was seen attempting to convince her roommates to take a break from studying and spend Saturday night at a bar.