When I arrived on the University of Michigan campus last fall, I came with a new laptop. My parents were generous enough to buy me a new computer upon my high school graduation in the hopes that a newer computer would aid in my success in the university in the fall.
I decided that I was going to have a clean cut laptop. Much as iPhones are admired for their beauty without a case, I had the same perspective about laptops. Sure I had a cute Vera Bradley carrying case to use while I was walking to class, but when my laptop would sit on my desk while I was in class, it would be bare.
Turns out that is not the trend on the University of Michigan campus. Every laptop I would see when I would look around the room in whichever class I was in would be covered with stickers. Those stickers would be an arrangement of different things. Sorority letters, clubs you are involved with on campus, your hometown, favorite TV shows, favorite quotes, the variety of different stickers I saw was extreme.
So I decided to follow the trend and cover my laptop with those trendy stickers as well. This was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. I spent hours on the website Redbubble scrolling through thousands of stickers to find the ones that I thought would summarize my life and interests in a cute way until I found the right combination.
When my stickers came in the mail and I was trying to organize a way to put them on my computer, I realized how much significance there was in this. So much effort went into designing a seemingly so simple screen.
I have decided why not explain my thought process of how I decided to express myself through my laptop stickers, in an attempt to not only show people a little about myself but to also try to start a trend of people explaining whats really going on in your head.
On the bottom left corner of my laptop sticks a sticker of the cast of Friends. I reference Friends all the time in conversation, just ask any of my friends.
Above that Friends sticker lays the word “SQUAAD.” The letters are in blue and yellow. Meaning my squad is in Ann Arbor.
Above that sticker is a skull with blue and yellow coloring and sunglasses that say Michigan. Shows pride for my school and I thought it looked cool.
Next to that is a quote that says “deepher vibes only,” showing pride for my sorority.
Finally I have a sticker of the mountains. I have a house in Lake Tahoe and live on a mountain. I love the mountains. They remind me of home.
The rest of my computer is bare at the moment. This is because my life is a work in progress. I’m trying to find more things that inspire me. When I find more I’ll fill up more of it.
I guess only time will tell what the rest of this will look like.