As a first year college student, it didn’t take me very long to come to this realization. Everyday, walking around campus, I am surrounded by what seem to be empty shell-people; individuals who were once full of life and vigor and personality, but have been reduced to glazed eyed, sad faced, hipster zombies, addicted to starbuck’s expresso shots, skinny jeans, and their second lives on Farmville (though i must admit, i'm kinda guilty of that last one. CURSE YOU FACEBOOK!); the kind of people you stare at in awe and pity as you think to yourself “what the (insert expletive of choice here) happened to you?” Never in my wildest dreams (and they are pretty wild) did I imagine that I would be nostalgic for my high school days. I LOATHED high school, but at least the people i was surrounded by were interesting, full of life and creativity. A lot of this likely is because in high school, the stress level was minimal (though we didn’t realize it then) compared to the amount of stress and anxiety one is faced with in college. There have been studies showing that stress can destroy creativity, (http://www.thelantern.com/2.1345/stress-stifles-creativity-study-shows-1.86506) and I can’t say enough about Ken Robinson’s TED talk on the subject of school and its role in discouraging artistic ability:
Maybe I'm just being overly dramatic. Maybe i'm being too sensitive. After all, I could be wrong about all this. I could just be making something out of nothing........but i doubt it.