Date of Original Version

Spring 2016

Type

Thesis

Abstract or Description

I was always a really good kid. I did my homework, ate my vegetables, and made my bed. I was happy and I wanted everyone else to be happy too. So when I began this project, I was not prepared to face the reality of what surfaced.

Quite unexpectedly, I found myself drawn to themes of loneliness and loss, of interpersonal connection, and finding center in the midst of transition. Because, when I really got down to it, I discovered that growing up is often a lonely process. The journey of moving from childhood to adulthood is one that you have to complete on your own. It’s a solitary pilgrimage of self-reflection and choice.

Thus, this project sought to examine those moments of seclusion and isolation in some way, digging deep into the idea that every situation is either making a connection or retracting from it. There is conflict embedded in the very nature of this journey.

For me, this has manifested in my navigation of extremes—the reaching out and the pulling in—as I relate to my family and friends. Walking this narrow rope will likely be a lifetime commitment, as I begin to unravel who I am and who I can become.

Comments

Advisor: Jane Bernstein

Department of English

Embargo Date

2016

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