The biggest irritant in my college life isn't the courses, the course work or the examinations - it's the people. The biggest reason lying in the gigantic contradiction between what people say they want and what they actually do. I totally understand that we are all contradictions - life isn't linear and the action the translates from a dream isn't a direct representation of the dream. This doesn't help me rationalize the following. I feel that if you dress relatively well there is an assumption about what you're doing at uni. It's as if you can't be a serious student unless you're looking like a scrub, and if you don't look like a scrub then you possibly can't be a serious student. I'll be the first to proclaim that I a little shallow, however I do take my education seriously. I actually had a conversation about this recently. People will judge how you look while setting similar goals. Before the beginning of a new year/semester I hear many people talk about their future goals - this often includes how they want to dress. Very few people actually do what they want to in that vein. If this goal isn't met then they start bashing those they think have met the goal. This hasn't happened to me but I have heard many a conversation about whether so and so takes themselves too seriously. In my mind you better take yourself seriously - no one else will. Maybe it's the cultural climate in this city but I think that when people see difference they need to ignore it if they have no positive thoughts. More over no one buys things to leave them in their closet thinking about how great the item is - you use it because it's a translation of your hard work. Stay in your lane friends.
Images by Paulina