This short story is meant to explore the social experience of college freshmen, especially those who rarely tell their own stories. Students who are introverted and shy can be overlooked and undervalued, causing social and emotional consequences, especially when their more extroverted and outspoken peers convey this lack of appreciation. Freshman year is a socially stressful time, and students may feel the need to stick with a group they don’t connect with out of fear of not having a group at all. However, there are consequences to this approach too, as the story shows. My hope for this story is that it is a way of showing introverts in similar situations that they are not alone. It is also meant to help extroverts understand their quieter peers. Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to connect with others and create empathy, which was my goal in writing this piece. I hope that this story brings comfort and encouragement to students who have suffered social isolation, and promotes compassion and understanding in students who haven’t.
"Wish You Were Here,"
Mānoa Horizons: Vol. 2
, Article 23.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/horizons/vol2/iss1/23