Welcome to 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.