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Fitting In Home Not at Home

I'm not sure whether I agree with the fact my finding/have created a home for myself as a part of maturation is not challenging comfortable structures that have been formerly designated as home or does not represent a fragmentation of my personal identity. On the other hand, the fact that I do not consider Bryn Mawr my home (although a VERY comfortable and safe space), but rather a "bubble" that will burst once I graduate and enter the real world as it really is, the fact that I sometimes feel out of place at Bryn Mawr coupled with the fact that I find myself tired with the "college culture," i.e. parties=social life, disgruntled, overly rhetorical classmates, etc. demonstrate a break in identity. Although "college culture" and social life might seem petty fragmentation of identity in comparison to a mix of social/racial/ethnic/political/sexual fragmentation of identity and feminist ideas of home, I think it has great implications of how I'll reflect upon my college experience, how my college experience shapes me, and how I'll decipher other students' claiming Bryn Mawr as their home. Oftentimes, I find myself wondering if anyone else thinks the way I do in respect to questionable, traditional themes during dorm dress up days, i.e. "Euro trash," the appropriation of hip hop culture for another, and why social/political dissent is taken for insult or dismissed as petty complaint. While my identity might not fall a part as a result of my questioning and expeience at Bryn Mawr, it is confusing, and confusion in respect to social and cultural norms does give way to bursting of the "bubble," which results in "repairing my home."


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