As Glen A. Wilson students return to school, many are noticing that their friends look different compared to before the pandemic. Some have dyed their hair, and others are seen wearing things they normally would not have worn in the past. What happened?
When the world shut down in early 2020, many were left with nothing more than their thoughts and feelings to accompany them during the stretch of time when everything was uncertain.
As a result, many turned to different forms of entertainment and social media to retain the interactions with others they had prior to the pandemic. People saw that influencers were becoming increasingly open about themselves, despite everything that was going on in the world. People were swayed by the people they admired and decided to think about how they want to truly dress and act.
This was also aided by the fact that peer pressure faded away the longer quarantine went on. Many could just show themselves off how they wanted, and if someone did not like it, what could they do? Everyone was at home, so it was hard to tell people what and what not to do with their bodies.
It is a good thing that people are being more expressive, despite the negative effects that the dress code has on doing so. Self-expression helps students feel more comfortable in their own bodies and generally improves morale. By being true to themselves, students receive compliments for being who they really are from other students. Compliments generally always make people feel better, and as a result, people get more confident in their self-expression, continuing the cycle. It makes every student feel special.
Expressing yourself is something that should have been accepted much sooner. It took a global pandemic for it to kick into full gear, however, seeing some unique hair and clothing choices is something everyone can look forward to.