It is Monday morning and you have just arrived at your theology class in Garey Hall after making the long trek from South Campus. You walk into class and smile at a few friends who quickly approach you and start talking about the situation with Syria. You feel your face drop. You listen to them and questions start racing in your head, questions that you are too embarrassed to ask. What? This cannot be true! Why would we be going to war? What has happened within the past month that would cause such tension? It is moments like this one when the concept of the “college bubble” reigns true.
College is a time for new experiences and changes, but there are some aspects of the world that we need to actively focus on thanks to the infamous “college bubble.” The “college bubble” is a world in which the “real world,” the world with the stock market, war, and millions of other problems, does not exist, and the only world that does exist is one filled with homework, drunken storytelling, and plenty of Campus Corner snacking. This world and the “real world” are constantly competing for the attention of students, but it is usually “the bubble” that succeeds.
It is perfectly fine to get caught up in the college lifestyle and “the bubble,” but we cannot simply forget about the real world because as much as we do not like to admit it, we are already in the real world. We may not have mortgages or electric bills to pay, but we are not minors anymore and we make decisions for ourselves and for our country. With this being said, we need to start informing ourselves about the world in which we are living, and start creating our own beliefs and morals, instead of simply agreeing with the beliefs and morals of our parents. If we do not actively participate in the real world, then we will end up letting others make decisions for us. We need to pay attention to what is happening around us because, as cliché as it sounds, we are the leaders of tomorrow who will eventually be making the “big decisions” and we will not be able to make these decisions unless we are informed about them.
So how do you stay informed without leaving “the bubble”? First, you could take fifteen minutes out of your day to watch the news, read a newspaper, or even read an online news publication. You would be surprised at how much information you can find out in just fifteen minutes. Also, talk to your friends or professors about what is going on in the world. It is interesting to hear different interpretations of what is going on and these new ideas about situations might help you form your own ideas. Finally, participate in on-campus activities concerning the news, for example the Global Smack Down, where big events in the world are discussed once a week in a short period of time.
The key to the real world vs. “bubble” debate is to not pop “the bubble,” just make sure that you are aware that it is there.
By Brianna DiMaio ’15