A few days ago, news broke that rocked the world – Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. Fans around the globe reacted to the heartbreaking news in a variety of ways, many crying for hours on end with tubs of ice cream. Noticing the need for people to take care of their emotional well-being, students at Boston University’s Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (CGSA) decided to step in and plan Self Care Sunday: One Direction Feeling Sesh and Hemp Jewelry Making this Sunday, March 29.

“I am honestly very upset about Zayn’s departure as One Direction has served as something I used for self care for close to five years now, and just like with anything that ends before you are personally ready it is difficult to process,” explained Tori Dutcher-Brown, the CGSA’s Events Coordinator who helped organize tomorrow’s event.


Self Care Sundays were inspired after the group noticed that many Boston college students spent hours upon hours studying and working, leaving no time for self care. Thus, the group plans weekly one-hour sessions where people are allowed to come in and just relax. “That might mean just sitting in the space while an activity is going on to be a part of community or it could be making a hemp bracelet that spells out ‘Zayn,’” says Dutcher-Brown. 

She encourages anyone who respects the mission of the space to come, bring friends, and be prepared to reflect on all that Zayn has given us during his time in One Direction. Personally, I’ll be spending a lot of time looking in the mirror singing, “You don’t know you’re beautiful, that’s what makes you beautiful,” as I’m sure Zayn would want me to do.