“I want to be uploaded to the Cloud,” I told some friends on New Years Eve. (Full disclosure: I binge-watched all of Black Mirror Season 4 the day before.)
They (very reasonably) responded, “what the fuck?”
(For anyone who had to Google it, like I did, the Cloud is just another term for the Internet, or something.)
On January 2nd, I wrote down my new year’s resolutions, which ranged from “drink as much caffeine as you want” to “stop calling yourself a void — it makes people uncomfortable.” What I really should have written was write more. And put it on the web, where it can live forever.
So on the premise of leaving behind a digital legacy far greater than that of an Instagram aesthetic or a Facebook footprint, I created Blog Free or Die.
“Is there a theme?” you ask.
“There’s always a theme!” – Mindy Kaling, The Office, Season 5: Ep. 7
The theme is College Life™️ and I am writing under the (probably false) assumption that I can offer a unique perspective to the echo-chamber that is now the Internet.
I’m not one for numbers, but let’s look at some for a second: as a 20-year-old, two years in college is equal to 10% of my entire life (fact-check?). I’ve spent 10% of my life experiencing something that is both completely ubiquitous and extraordinarily unique to this generation. (Are we Generation Z or are we millennials?) You’d think you’d be good at something you’ve been doing for 10% of your life; I’m here to tell you that that assumption is incorrect, college is very hard and in fact this blog contains all of the problems and none of the solutions.
Not to mention the fact that the college I attend is located in the middle-of-nowhere, New Hampshire; dear ol’ Dartmouth, give a rouse. Academic rigor aside, life at Dartmouth could be (objectively) described as complex. And contrary to what any person from my home state of Massachusetts might tell you, I do not, in fact, attend UMass Dartmouth.
This blog cannot help you pass multi-variable calculus, or do your taxes, or message the guy/girl you met on Tinder, or motivate you to workout, or give you a ride home when it’s -5 degrees out and you don’t want to walk, or get you an internship at Goldman, or find you a formal date, or redirect the Bomb Cyclone so that it doesn’t hit the Northeast (read: this blog is useless).
However, I sincerely hope — as sincere as one person on a laptop can be to another person on a laptop — that you’ll at least find enjoyment in reading about my everyday experiences.
TL;DR: this is a blog about college.