STUDENT CONFESSIONS

Student Confessions: My real summer wasn’t anything like my social media

My Instagram likes are “good” and I know that people think I had a good holidays, but it’s not real.

Welcome to Student Confessions.

This is series that will talk about sex, relationships (sexual and the friend kind), fear of failure, self esteem and feelings of social anxiety.

At The Footnotes, we try to have the hard conversations that we believe young people are thinking but might be too afraid to talk about.  That fear is rooted in shame and we’re trying to defeat some of the shame in this series, Student Confessions.

Going back to school this week I feel like I already know what everyone else did this summer. Who went away – with who – who got their hands on some alcohol – who went out – who hooked up with who.

My internet self looks like I went out a lot more than I did. My Instagram likes are “good” and I know that people think I had a good holidays. But my Instagram and snap chat holidays, weren’t really my real holidays. I just picked the best bits.

My internet self is busy, full and outgoing; my real self is often anxious, a bit awkward and shy unless I feel totally comfortable.

My internet self is extroverted; my real self is a ball of introverted angst. My social media profile doesn’t show how many times I got changed before I went out, or how anxious I was when I wasn’t invited to a gathering until 2 days before – only that I went and wore a new dress.

My internet self knows how to make friends, my real self wants you to make the first move  – talk to me… I don’t want to introduce myself to you.  

My internet self is a series of carefully selected two-dimensional words and images; my real self stalked four other girls to see what their captions were before I uploaded mine.

So when I go back to school tomorrow, I know what people will think that I have done this summer. And I’ll know what I’ve done this Summer. And I probably won’t tell anyone the various between the two. And I think there are probably a lot of people just like me.

Do you have something on your mind, or something to contribute? 

We are trying to make the hard conversations accessible to everyone by sharing them and breaking down the stigmas associated with anxiety, relationships, friendship and stress. 

Get in contact at hello@thefootnotes.com.au

Student Confessions: My real summer wasn’t anything like my social media
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