I constantly find myself taking valuable seconds, minutes and hours out of my day to sit down with friends and dissect the complications of our often very privileged college lives. More often than not some version of the same conversation happens twice and I find myself slightly rewording the same spiel over and over again. I absolutely love creative writing and utilizing a genre that loosens up on the tight grammar rules that often come with other types of writing. I also love listening and unpacking peoples problems. To mix these two passions of mine would be to create a college themed advice column. Yes, I will be finding my inner Carrie Bradshaw.
According to the Colombia Journalism Review, advice columns have existed since the 1600s and things that we consider a simple Google search today were once at the hands of advice columnists around the globe. You would think that the power of Google and other search engines has allowed for the power of advice columns to die down, but today they serve a different function. The article quotes: “They are the lightning conductors of social unease. That’s where peoples anxieties, frustrations, addictions, and day-to-day problems are put to rest”. This line really resonated with me because I think that there is so much power in the written word. Society has social constructs regarding what is acceptable to say out loud and bring into conventional conversations but that doesn’t necessarily exist with the written word.
Like we all know… you can find anything online.
College is a bubble, in an alternative universe, where some really weird, fucked up, even beautiful shit takes place. Yet sometimes we just can’t get ourselves to say those things out loud. I want to bring those topics to the surface through my anonymous advice column.