Photo Essay – Life is So Strange

Hello! Thank you for reading my second blog post. For Assignment 2, I was to construct an essay exhibiting the emotions of fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement.  So why the title, “Life is So Strange”? While I was editing the video that accompanies this post, I was pondering what to title this project and I had Joan Jett’s “Destination Unknown” playing in the background. For those unfamiliar with the song, it is new to me as well, but there is a line that goes “life is so strange when you don’t know…how can you tell where you’re going to.” I thought it was brilliant because we really aren’t sure what is going to happen in life, especially with all of the recent events in our political realm.

Today’s world is full of possibilities. My generation has a lot more opportunity to live our dreams than say my grandparents’ generation and older with technological advances as well as changes in social acceptances. However, with this growth we are subject to possible malicious situations. The United States of America is the land of opportunity and we pride ourselves in living by that motto, yet our current administration is making changes that leave a lot of people in a black abyss of misery and limbo.

A protest was held to speak up for the Muslim community that has been affected by the President’s executive order. Advocates poured onto the Quad at the University of Illinois to express their distaste for the order and to ask for support in welcoming refugees in both the area and the United States.

The “American Dream” is different for everyone. The one similarity is that we all want to be able to live a prosperous life and be successful in whatever path we choose to take in life. Etched on the front of the Alma Mater statue on the Illinois campus is the phrase, “To thy happy children of the future those of the past send greetings.” These words are brought to life with the warm embrace of Alma’s outstretched arms in a welcome to the next phase of achieving your dreams.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work. Stay tuned for future assignments!

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