"The Box" Not Just a Bop by Roddy Ricch?

While I am definitely guilty of cringe-worthy jam sessions to the song, it's not quite what I'm talking about here. If you watched my video, first of all, thank you (subscribe, turn on notifications, and SMASH that like button)! Just kidding, I am not about to become a Youtuber. And second of all, let me explain some more.

This project of mine started as a scholarship application for college. The prompt provided me with a box and asked that I create a project using the box that showed my academic interests, passion, and creativity, yet could not be about me. Hours of sitting face to face with that box took me back to the iconic square parameters of Instagram posts. It's hard to believe there was a time where your posts had to be precisely 600 pixels. The idea developed from there.

Consider social media algorithms and feeds; so much of what we see is fine tuned to be "perfect". This development has come with technology's rapid advancement and the ability to curate such images. So what impact does it have on society and people today?

These idealized images as well as our own posts only portray a fraction of our lives and personality. We are unintentionally boxed in by what we post. It's all too easy to feel insufficient, intimidated, or inferior as a result. So, I'm here to share a bit about my life beyond my social media's box. Hopefully, I can inspire you to do the same, or at least serve as a reminder that there is a human with imperfections and problems beyond every single post's box.

All of these images are me. There are some of my best moments (featured on my social media) and some of my worst... obviously not originally made so public.

Welcome to my life - beyond the box.


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