I am inspired by shoes. Walking down the streets of Charleston, I am bombarded with varieties of sneakers, sandals and boots. There are wild colors, and varying fabrics. I look down at the shoes, and then look up to the person inside them. Who are they? Where do they come from? What is their story?
These were my daily thoughts. Then I began to wonder, do other people look at shoes the way I do or do they look somewhere else first? They probably do. For we are all individuals, growing up in different ways, experiencing opposite lives – forming unique perspectives on the world.
How can we better understand each other and the world around us if we don’t gain new perspectives? In just our campus alone, we can find so many individual means of expression. From tattoos and piercings, to the backpacks we carry, to the willing voices, to the labels society has placed on us, we can open our eyes, become a fly on the wall, and witness the world with new lenses – walk in another person’s shoes.
I think we can all agree that this campus has felt more divided than ever before. The final game of the CAA tournament was the most I had seen students come together for the school. Ever. It was exhilarating.
So, why can’t we have more?
The Perspectives Issue gives a little taste of that. Open your eyes, and get to know your fellow students for who they are.
View our world from a new perspective.