Students begin identifying a Burlingame Bubble

The problem with identifying a bubble is it’s a bubble. You cannot see it until you are on the outside. Moreover, what does it take to get on the outside? But even more, do students even get to choose where they stand, in or out? Typically, these bubbles sprout from the lack of socio-economic and cultural diversity in suburban neighborhoods. They separate what one may categorize as suburbia from the rest of the world.

For most students, which side of the bubble they land in is predetermined. Whether by economic status or purely by address, students who fall in or outside the bubble often do not have a say in the matter. That being said, students who land on the inside normally do because of predetermined factors: their families. If parents fit the mold, the kids will be in some ways as well. Not to say that every student mirrors their parents, but physically and psychologically, we kids inherit some of parent's traits despite our preferences. In the same way, students who land on the outside, or gradually leave the bubble, will find themselves there because of uncontrollable circumstances.

Furthermore, what makes the bubble a bubble is outside of student control. No kid alone could ever change the predetermined circumstances for every student at Burlingame High School to make them fit one mold. That would not fix the Burlingame Bubble, and in fact, one could say it would create a new one. To fix the striking lack of diversity, and encourage people not to look the same, dress the same, and act the same, we must first accept each other which is easier said than done.

Erin Woo, a senior, said, “the term, ‘be yourself,' I hate it. It is so overused, and it lacks meaning. At Burlingame, there is such little flexibility to ‘be yourself.’” Woo is not alone in the matter. For most kids, the Bubble prevents them from attaining any realization of who they are.

Senior Diana Daniels said “At our school, it difficult for kids to express themselves.” When she comments on her individual style, she says “personally it took me a while to decide how I wanted to dress, but now I choose to express myself in any way that I want. But I understand how a Bubble makes it difficult for people to find who they are.”

Giving students the option to be in or outside the Bubble is not enough, we must rid ourselves of the Bubble altogether, and decide what we want to represent as a student body.

Posted on October 18, 2016 .