What’s in my bag?

My denim Hershel backpack contains all of my class necessities:

  • a heavily decorated laptop that contains basically everything I have ever done in school
  • an overstuffed pencil case that barely zips (I have A LOT of highlighters)
  • headphones that sadly don’t fit into my computer 😦 I also have wireless ones but those I normally wear around my neck so they are easily accessible on my walk to class
  • my room key although sometimes I feel like my roommate and I are the only ones on this campus who lock their door
  • a pack of gum but normally it’s more like 3 packs with a ton of wrappers but I cleaned out my backpack on Thursday
  • chapstick since Atlanta weather is kind of dry for me even though it’s humid for everyone else
  • lab goggles because I tend to forget mine on lab days so I just keep them in there all the time
  • color-coordinated folder and notebook! I have them for every class but normally only keep one set in my backpack at a time because I hate it when it’s super heavy. The colors haven’t changed since high school: chemistry has always been black, biology green, and english pink. I had to add red for anthropology since I did not take that in high school.

People seem to think I am a pretty organized person with my color-coordinated sets and plethora of highlighters to set up my notes. However, I am normally slightly chaotic. Sure, my room looks clean, but inside those closed drawers contain barely folded laundry, makeup sprawled everywhere, and assignments crumpled from first semester. My backpack tends to be similar. The front pouch acts as a garbage can with gum wrappers and receipts while the main pouch is slightly cleaner but not as perfect as this picture looks. I decided to only put the clean elements out. At first glance, you see many organized objects, yet you cannot see what is within the backpack. That’s where this project gets challenging. See, yes, I believe my contents of my backpack do represent me but I was able to choose which elements to show. You can only see what I have chosen, not what I failed to provide. When telling a story, authors can do the same thing. They can give some information but not all of it, giving the reader the opportunity for their own interpretation of the text. By showing only a select group of things from the contents of my bag, I allow the person looking at the image to form their own opinions and leave them to question if there are pieces I have left out.

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