Instagram Posts Offer Honest Confessions

Instagram Posts Offer Honest Confessions

Lexie Reinecke, Staff Writer

Modeled on the popular blog “Humans of New York,” which boasts eight million social media followers and has been turned into a bestselling book, an Instagram account named “Humans of Campolindo,” has been launched by the leadership class.

Humans of Campolindo currently has 6 posts, is following 261 people, and has 180 followers.

Featured on the page to date, are seniors Claire Giovanni, Rachel Sniderman, Kaitlin Steinlechthner; freshman Seren Tochikura, campus supervisor Susie Frederick, and attendance office administrator Cathleen Cooper.

Senior Julia Giovanni, who helps to run the account, explained, “The point’s not that it’s anonymous. The idea is that our leadership class kind of controls the account, so we all just switch off who does it. The point’s more to get stories across and tell people other people’s stories and get to know people around school, because I think there’s a lot of kids that you don’t really see around, and that’s why we started it.”

The page’s first post, featuring Frederick, posed the question: Why did you want to come to Campolindo? It includes a picture of Frederick wearing Campolindo gear, and her response. “Well, I had the option of going anywhere in the district, but I drove the kids on the school bus and I ultimately just liked the people more,” she explains in the post.

The second post includes Steinleitner’s comment, “I’m left handed,” which is the type of admission typical of the New York page, which features personal confessions as well as opinions.

Tochikura revealed that his biggest fear is speaking in front of people. He says he likes the page because “it’s nice to get to know about other students at Campo.” In comparison to the New York page, Tochikura explained, “It’s definitely not the same in magnitude, but it’s a good idea to see people you wouldn’t normally see.”

Julia Giovanni said, “We take the ones [questions] from Humans of New York, so it’s a lot of just ‘your biggest fear’ ‘what do you wanna be when you grow up’ like that kind of stuff. A lot of times people don’t feel comfortable answering it, so we modify it to make it like comfortable with what they want to say.”

A more recent feature of Sniderman asked her to explain her biggest regret. She replied, “I saw this quote once and it said no matter what you want to do, the only thing holding you back is yourself. I think my biggest regret in high school, in the past few months, and just in life in general is always holding myself back. I feel like I’m always second guessing myself, restraining myself, and doubting myself.”

Sniderman believes the page should feature student’s honest confessions. “It’d be a negative if people aren’t honest, because that’s the whole point. The goal is to get people to share things about themselves because it makes them seem more human,” she said.

Julia Giovanni said that when students aren’t comfortable sharing so much, they ask modified questions. “So if they’re not willing to say, like ‘what’s your biggest  fear’ we say something like ‘what’s one thing you’re scared of?’”

Claire Giovanni’s post included reference to her sister Julia. She explained the best thing about being a twin is “having a built-in best friend.” While her post was different than Sniderman’s, she agreed with the site’s goals. She said, “It’s a clever idea, I didn’t know about the New York one until after I’d seen the Campo one. I think it’s a cool way to get everyone in our school to see people they wouldn’t normally see.”

Julia Giovanni said, “I think, I mean obviously their page [NY] is a lot more in depth, they go into a lot more detail. That’s kind of hard in high school because a lot of kids just aren’t willing to open up their life story. Someone like me, won’t necessarily say everything about themselves, so it’s kind of more superficial.”

While those interviewed by the page don’t believe it’s at the level of the New York page, they see the potential. Tochikura said, “If they had more interviews, like if they did two a week, it could really grow into something people look at.”

Julia Giovanni explained the site’s plans: “Hopefully we can make it more personal and have kids open up about it and copy their idea from Humans of New York. Obviously Humans of New York is much more developed than ours, but we’re trying to expand on that.”

Claire Giovanni added, “The New York one definitely does a better job, but there’s a lot of potential for it.”