When you think of mud, what comes to mind? Perhaps a muddy field after a rainstorm, or sneakers covered in thick, brown mud. Students on the Sacred Heart University campus, however, have a different perspective on the word mud.
Mud Magazine is an independent magazine on the rise, whose focus is encouraging young adults to express themselves and their creative minds. This magazine was created by young adults who write about their struggles as well as the good things that come out of everyday stressors.
Mud also touches on dark humor that sheds light on the hardships that consume the minds of college students. Their aim is to reach those who struggle with mental illness or are unsure about their college experience and to encourage their readers to embrace their individuality.
“Through the lenses of the internet, partying, and college culture, as well as mental health, our goal is to help college students navigate all aspects of their experience by publishing content that is relatable, authentic, bold, and with a fresh perspective,” said Hector Gutierrez, Mud Magazine Editor-in-Chief.
Gutierrez centers his content around one question, “What does it mean to be young today?” His ability to reach others and connect young adults through the internet culture of today brings this magazine’s identity to light.
“Hector does a fantastic job running this magazine as close to a real-life magazine as he can,” said senior staff writer Gabby Fezza. “I do feel the community in Mud.”
Not only does Mud Magazine have a unique way of getting through to young adults dealing with the burdens of college through relatable content, but it also makes readers feel like they are not alone. Every writer shares their thoughts as they come. Whether they are risky, embarrassing, or emotional, the writers use their thoughts to deeply resonate with their audience.
As a publication run on a university campus, this magazine lays it all on the line with intentions of reaching other college students who are experiencing similar struggles.
“We all love Mud and its mission,” said Fezza. “Deadlines aren’t as scary as they are exciting. We all really care about elevating one another’s work, and there’s a level of love as well as professionalism.”
Mud doesn’t just publish different writings of students; they also publish different photo essays.
“Mud posted a photo essay of mine regarding mental health on their Instagram,” said Fezza. “I had numerous SHU students reach out to me about how helpful it was to see someone be so open about mental health on a wide platform. It was really touching to see a direct impact of me just writing my experiences, unsure if anyone would resonate.”
The content that Mud Magazine publishes goes further than just words or photos on paper or a computer screen. Their work is initiating important conversations among young adults.
“I’m a non-native speaker, and Mud is one word that I knew I could pronounce correctly every time,” said Gutierrez.