Hidden from reality in our Union bubble

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By Victoria Cullinan

Being at Union feels like living inside a bubble that is isolated from the real world. On campus, I tend to only focus on and think about things related to school, like classes, homework, work-study and softball. I know more about the next men’s hockey game than I do about anything major that’s happening in the world.

Even when I go off campus to eat or to buy groceries, I don’t normally pay attention to or have any interest in what’s going on around me. I come from a really small country town, and being here at Union is similar to the way I feel at home.  It’s like I’m cut off from everything happening outside, and in a sense it makes me feel protected. Most of the time I’d rather not know and hear all of the negative and scary events that are occurring. This isn’t always a good thing, though. Once I graduate from Union, leave my hometown for good and go off into the world, I’m going to be exposed to it all, even the things I would rather not be exposed to.

Most of the time when students here, including myself, do take notice of what’s going on in the real world, it’s more likely to be about sports or entertainment than politics or news. For example, if someone were to ask me if I had known that Destiny’s Child was performing in the Super Bowl half time show, of course I knew that they were. However, if I were ever asked about the horrible acts of violence that women are facing in India, I would have no clue. Most students here would rather read a Cosmo or People magazine over Time magazine or the New York Times.

I believe this preference is because most young adults find celebrities’ lives and sports more enjoyable and relatable to their lives than any other kind of news. Also, for the most part, young adults would rather not hear about what’s going on in the world because it’s usually horrific and depressing. Entertainment and sports news are types of media that you can almost always count on to make you laugh or smile.

Although it’s nice living in a bubble that protects me from having to hear about the harsh realities of the real world, it’s not always a good thing. Whether we like it or not, sooner or later we have to go out and face reality and it’s important that we’re prepared to do so.

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