Life on the Walls (With Pics)
Life on the Walls
There are numerous amounts of text that each Case student passes by each day. Whether he or she notices these writings is the topic at hand. The variety includes bulletins, posters, and, the least noticed of all, rules. Most of the writings affect students in different ways. Some students may stop to read a few on occasion, while others may never read them but know that they are there just in case the day comes when the information in the text may be valuable. The resident advisors are structured with hallway information, but students are encouraged to make their rooms as unique or homey as needed.
Pictures, as discussed in a previous class, are fading to a more informal classification with a majority of them being of friends as opposed to family. This shows me that the bonds of family are declining and the importance of friends and other relationships is on the rise with our generation. This is a definite American trend that is spreading quickly throughout the country. I feel the growing importance of friends is significant, but it is sad to see how invaluable the idea of family is to some students. In their defense, students may have had a rough childhood and may be looking to start over with a new community of relationships. As long as a student has support in a time of adversity is the main issue of this concern.
The most common way to express your self in your dorm room is by posters. Posters have a unique way of displaying ones variety of interests through words and picture. On my floor, there is a room that consists of a variety of posters. The two most meaningful are Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream” and Led Zeppelin “stairway to heaven. Each poster has two distinct meanings and can be understood in a variety of ways. The Martin Luther King Jr. poster might indicate that he or she is proud of their heritage or it might be honoring the greatest speech of all time. Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” may be indicating a preference in music or even possibly even state a religious idea that he or she may be interested in heaven.
The variety of texts and even more meanings makes each room and residence hall unique, but not always are the posters and other texts a distinct symbol of who lives in the dorm. Sometimes these pieces can be very misleading, such as a Bart Simpson poster that is hanging because the person doesn’t want their room to be plain and it was the only poster left at the poster sale, or a picture of The Little Mermaid in another residences room that makes him think of his little sister. Hopefully this piece will make you think before you judge someone based on the pieces hanging in their room, and even persuade you to hang something in your room that is out of the ordinary.