Going vintage in modern times

October 31, 2007

by Lauren Sowell

In an age when Britney Spears’ new, original hit “Gimme More” has swept the nation, it is important, especially for stressed, sleep-deprived college students, to get back to the good stuff.

Turning on MTV after a long, class-filled morning and afternoon may cause more students to experience a headache rather than aid them in unwinding. Endless strings of reality TV, including dating shows, do not exactly soothe fried nerves after the endless drone heard often in lecture halls.
I have to admit, I have fallen victim to this addictive habit we call music television. Because, really, what is the point of all this mindless entertainment? I’ll tell you what it is: boredom and monotony in our lives. It’s a guilty pleasure. Kind of like eating cookie dough with a spoon or buying those really expensive Manolos.

So what exactly is it that we, as college students, are missing in our lives? What void are we filling with this trashy, albeit comical, pastime?

The truth is that college students have become so jaded by the endless partying, cramming for tests and constant drama that they never stop to look around and appreciate the simple things their college town has to offer. It sounds corny, but it’s true. Sometimes doing less for a couple of days out of the week can translate into some serious mental therapy.
That is what inspired me to embark on one of my most in-depth self personality makeovers ever, something I call “going vintage.”

I decided to pursue this effort because I feel like I don’t have enough of the “good stuff” in my life right now. The simple pleasures in life, like sitting outside talking with friends, altering my wardrobe, exposing myself to all different kinds of music I’d overlooked before and trying to turn myself into a pseudo-artist, seeing beauty in simple things. One of my roommates decided she would help me in this mission, supplying a total of four CD mixes and a trip to the countryside for a painting assignment.

I’ll have to say, I’m not yet a completely changed person, but the prospect of broadening my horizons and growing culturally and artistically has enhanced my feelings of self-worth and individuality.
When it comes down to it, everyone needs to stop and look at themselves every once in a while. Partying, socializing and getting wrapped up in all the frivolities campus life has to offer often has the ability to completely sweep us away.

But I’ll tell you this, all the fun and fast-paced, energy-filled weekends will be much more appreciated with a little bit of simple fun during the week. It all comes down to balance, a rare, coveted commodity among those of us in this child-adult limbo.

All I’m saying is that with a little effort, we’re all capable of being our best, well-rounded selves. All it takes is a personality makeover here and there.