About Erin Reitz

Campus Y Administration

A Confessional

[There’s no hidden meaning to this picture. They’re just goats. Running through the streets. Enjoy.]

Can I be honest? I really hate writing these. I hate imagining every single one of you passively scanning the words that I sat and broke literary bread with for days, agonizing over whether their connotations are accurate portrayals of my experience. They’re not. They never will be.

I hate the tweaking and modifying and snipping and pruning as I remind myself of the depths of the Internet and its perpetual accessibility.

I squirm at the thought of others perusing my recklessly sculpted prose the way I sifted through those who went before me, searching for collected artifacts of wisdom.

I hate trying to say everything and being left with nothing. With a buffet of the breadcrumbs of my frenzied mind.

I hate the minimalism and insufficiency of an enlarged moment. I hate sharing myself in […]

All Are Embers

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Ameena Hester.

I’m a glutton for sentimentality. I’ve already forgotten why I came.

“What’re you bringing back with you?” they ask me.

One vessel, swollen with life. All I can fit into a empty honey jar, and affidavits of each day I took a spoonful: there are luggage claim tags, rocks from under waterfalls, dirt from where I stood and gazed at the most beautiful sunset I’ve yet seen, dried foam I found in my hair 3 days after Carnaval, a hospital band, receipts from all the bread I indulged in; tchotchkes too little, but too salient, to leave on this side of the world. A pocket of a world that, for a fleeting epoch, was mine – and all mine. Call me Fred G. Sanford. All is quidditative and I would like it no other way.

I glance over at […]

Pre-Departure: A Step Back

The following post was written by Global Gap Year Fellow Fatima Konsouh.

Artists will continuously take a step back to analyze their work during their creative process. This step back allows them to compare their current piece to the idea or plan they originally had for it, the similarities, the differences, and what to do next to bring their piece to life. The step back, in that essence, becomes the most crucial step for both the art and the artist; without it the piece would not truly represent the artist’s vision. I would like to think of my gap year as my own personal step back to analyze my life – my past, as well as my aspirations, goals, and hopes for the future. Just as the step back gives the artist clarity for the rest of his or her work, I too hope that my gap year will do […]

By |October 8th, 2018|Pre-departure|