I Think College Can Make You Snap.

A Life At EPBC Photodocumentry

College is a time of education, adventure, fun and often times we reminisce about the fond memories but we more often forget the dark times, the pressure and stress of college life, the things that make us crack up and snap. We have all been there… so close to the edge. Hanging by a thread. Not everyone manages to take that one step back from the precipice. For some the thread snaps and they plunge into darkness.

We will explore that darkness in this  Photodocumentry.

When College Makes You Snap.

 College is a fun time but often the pressure of living in close proximity with so many other, course work, deadline and always having to pose for group pictures can cause a student to snap… right out of the blue. One moment your smiling with underwear on you head… the next moment fists are flying for no reason whatsoever.

It started with bunny ears then ended in mayhem and body parts and burns.

 Sometimes when a student snaps they take out their frustration on the nearest possible target making use of whatever weapon at hand. Many innocent students get caught off guard when their dorm mates snap this way.

Mark was the last one we expected to have watched one to many vampire movies.

 Some students who snap don’t bother with weapons but fly into a rage attacking the closest target with bare hands. The stress driving them into a mad frenzy of pent up frustration.

Mike flew down the hallway-literally.

 When the stress of dorm life explodes in a student who snaps and they set their mind on a target to vent their frustration. No obstacle stands in their way as the adrenaline rush gives them inhuman strength and ability as the fury is unleashed.

Everyone believed they were safe, Mary-Anne wouldn’t clear the plants. They were wrong. And it was too late to run.

 Sometimes you get a mass snapping where a group of students crack under the stress simultaneously and a mob mentality rules. But like a pack of rabid wolves they band together and hunt down the weak and defenceless showing no mercy.

The pack’s plan performed perfectly! Separated, surrounded and so alone, Darren was never seen again.

 When a student snaps under the pressure of due dates, trying to get that last essay completed, they often lash out at any annoyance, doing drastic unthinkable things to silence the bother. Feeling no remorse, they smile as if they enjoy it.

We have all wanted to do it! But he still keeps talking.

Many innocent classmates bare the bruises and scars of when former trusted students have snapped and lashed out at them. The sudden betrayal of friendship and trust can bring about a sense of apathy to the survivor of such brutal attack. Apathy to the point where they completely ignore when others become the victims of similar attacks right behind them. Fearful to get get involved, fearful of being revictimized, fearful of opening old wounds. Yes, the snapping of one student affects our entire society in so many ways.

Another victim falls in the background, ignored and unheard; screams for help fail to register in the ears of the walking wounded.

In the first half of our series we looked at many of the ways students who snap lash out at those around them with violent rages and aggressive, destructive tendencies. It doesn’t end with that, there are other ways those suffering from the overwhelming stress of college act out when things reach the breaking point. Each one is no less debilitating then acting out with violence. Some develop an irrational paranoia believing the world is out to get them.

When everyone hid the furniture in Bentley’s room, he had this paranoid paralysing fear that they would come for him next. (8 Days of sitting there later, he realized he might have been wrong.)

Other students under stress may start to have audio hallucinations hearing voices from inanimate objects telling them to do harm or procrastinate book reports. In extreme cases restraints may be required.

Just before his roommate disappeared, Brad could be heard muttering, “Hello Clariece” under his breath over and over.

A behaviour often seen exhibited by students who give in to the strain of academic achievements is kleptomania. Stealing whatever they can get their hands on or fits on their head.

Even caught red-handed with the girls’ missing volleyball trophy in his grasp, Ray continued to claim it belonged to him because he was on the team and that he had the hat to prove it.

Some students suffering from snapping under the pressure of school simply refuse to get out of bed. Finding solace in their dreams and stuffed animals rather then 8:10 classes and 2000 word essays.

Dave refused to get out of the bed save to use the bathroom. And some days even that was questionable.

Occasionally, the over stressed student who snaps, fleeing the classroom in the middle of a lecture presented in a monotone drone, develops a feeling of being enclosed, trapped, imprisoned; even while in wide open spaces.

Forgetting how a door operates, Marv continued pounding his head on the glass, eventually finding a few moments of oblivion in unconsciousness.

Some students simply fly off the deep end.

When rational thought is surrendered the belief that one can truly fly is often manifested, and in extreme cases, like Dave’s, demonstrated.

In conclusion, College can be a stressful time, and though many students snap under the pressure such breakdowns is not a final sentence. With help, understanding, support and a butter tart or two, snappage can be reversed and students can break free of the confines attempting to lock them away from a productive and enjoyable life. There is no shame in snapping. Just try to makes sure if it happens to you, no cameras are in sight to document it.

With the proper counselling, students overcome their irrational beliefs that the teaching staff are lizards in disguise and come out of hiding. Their irrational fear that the hallway is flowing with molten lava seems to be a little more difficult to overcome. But in time they’ll take their first steps.

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