CENTRALIA

A Photo Adventure by Gabriella Loielo
Bloomsburg University
MAJR: Emergent Media & Communications

Featuring: Charlotte Paparella, Caitlyn Doyle, Marissa DeGrandis,
and Alexis DeGrandis of Bloomsburg University

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON COLLEGE LIFE?

MD:  College has a lot of great things aside from the education aspect. When you look at college as a whole, people see typical things like social life and classes but then there’s this raw feeling of being alone in a really good way. You learn how to survive and be who you are.  In the process you discover all these things about yourself that you probably never knew. In the past year and a half I feel like I’ve become more myself than I’ve ever been. It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done for myself.

CP: College is a way to learn how to express yourself. I think it’s about expanding your knowledge about the world and other people.  It’s about finding that special thing inside of you, really discovering what your talents are and how you can make the most out of the life we’re given.  Most people think of college as, ‘Oh spending thousands of dollars to get a degree and to get a job’ but its so much more than that.  You’re finding yourself along the way and becoming a person that you’re happy with.

CD:  There are things I thought college was going to be, that I definitely have experienced, and there are things that I never would have thought in a million years I was going to experience.  College opens a lot of doors to make different friendships. Some people I’m friends with now I would have never seen myself being friends with before and I love that. I’m seeing a whole new world of ways that people think about things.

ARE YOU FINDING YOURSELF?

CP:  I think I’m still in the process of finding myself. I think I’ll continue to find myself even after college. Right now in the moment I am hanging out with different kinds of people and seeing what kinds of people I enjoy being around. It’s really helping me figure out where I fit most and where I’m happiest.

CD: Definitely. When I think about who I want to be as an end result, I’m finding ways of defining myself more. Especially when I joined different groups within my major.  I started coming in contact with a lot of different people whose work I admired. I want to follow in their foot steps.

MD: I’m finding myself in a lot of different ways.  Little things like yoga, meditation, chakras, and other things that I’d never even heard of before. Now they have become such a huge part of me that I couldn’t imagine my day without them.

WHERE DOES YOUR DRIVE COME FROM?

MD: 100% comes from my sister. My sister was always very driven and unstoppable.  I realized I wasn’t the same and it scared me. One day it just hit me that I never needed to settle, I can make this life for myself too.

WHAT’S YOUR EPIPHANY MOMENT ABOUT YOUR DIRECTION?

AD: I originally wanted to be a dentist but being inside someone’s gross mouth is not a fun time. So, after spending time with kids with certain disorders, I realized I would be very fulfilled by helping children who need it. To help those who need help functioning throughout their lives to have a better quality of life.

THOUGHTS AS GLOBAL CITIZENS?

MD:  I’m definitely proud of how far we’ve come with same-sex marriage and adoption rights.

AD:  I’m proud of the world for opening to things that once were frowned upon; whether that be race, sexuality, people with disorders, or any minority people once rejected.

WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING ON YOUR LESS FORTUNATE DAYS?

MD: Uhh.. Netflix 🙂