Re-Defining Your Label

Posted by ENC Student Life on Oct 31, 2016 8:33:09 AM

At the start of a new school year, you are given the opportunity to create in yourself something different. As students, we are all provided with a clean slate of endless and infinite possibilities that will mark how we spend our years here. Incoming freshman like myself are at an advantage (or a disadvantage depending on your perspective.)

When you’re a freshman in college, the moments of high school no longer count. Sure, they counted in the admissions process but now that you’re here, no one really sees how hard you actually worked all four years for that 3.7 GPA and you’re stuck wondering if you’ll be able to make that 3.7 GPA with the four years that lie in front of you now.

The beauty of it all is you can make however many years you have left in college whatever you want them to be. In High School, I was seen as outgoing and friendly. I participated in numerous extra circulars and was happy with what I had going for me. Now that I’m in college, I’ve sort of lost that sense of myself. Like many other students, I don’t really know what I’m doing just yet.

So when presented with a project for Intro to Sociology that had asked us to “break social norms” for 3 days, I knew that I had to challenge myself. I wanted to do something that would help me rediscover who I was and reflect on all the things that have brought me to where I am today.

I started by writing the word “Beautiful” on my forehead in lowercase letters with an eyeliner pencil. I’ve always wanted to be seen as beautiful. I watched as people would read the word and smile. “That’s beautiful” some would say.

On the second day, I wrote the word “SPASTIC” on my forehead in large, capital letters. If you were to read about me on paper, you would see I have spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. To see this word written on me had different effects than it did when reading it about me. Some people looked concerned and weary until I flashed them a smile. Others asked questions like “Why do you have that on your forehead?” Some people just stared.

On the third and final day of the project, I wrote the word “ANXIOUS.” This is something a lot of people do not see or expect in me but is something I know all too well. While to some people I may appear to fit none of these labels, others might say I fit them all or even some. I’m still trying to figure out exactly where I fit in life, but if I can embrace the labels given to me I can create new ones too.

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- Student Writer, Jessica Fiasconaro


Jessica is a Freshman at ENC studying adolescent psychology. She enjoys writing, blogging, preforming, and Dunkin Donuts Coffee. Fun Facts: She can put her pants on two legs at a time, she can hear underwater and she likes to dip her french fries in mayonnaise. :) Ketchup is overrated.

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