Following a meeting with her best friends and a half-bottle of Charles Shaw, Bridget Thomas, FCLC ’19, has issued a vote of no confidence in herself. When pressed about this decision, Thomas said, “I don’t know. I guess I haven’t been very satisfied with my school life, but I’m also not like really happy with my personal life too? I just figured that if I issued this vote, something might happen that will improve the conditions in which I’m currently working, because this doesn’t seem healthy.”
Reactions to this vote have been varied. The parents and former teachers of Thomas expressed concern. “Sure, we haven’t been paying much attention to what was happening with her, but she kept on doing her job — that is, going to school and working — so we figured nothing was wrong” said Thomas’ mother. Conversely, Bridget’s ex-boyfriend, Carter Mays, expressed a different sentiment. “If you actually spend time with her every day, like I did, it should be obvious that she’s not okay. The fact that she took this long to tell people how she feels should tell you how serious this situation is.”
Statements such as Thomas’ have become a trend, with college students around the country issuing similar statements. As a result of this increase, these votes go largely ignored, despite their serious impact. Ultimately, Bridget Thomas’s vote of no confidence is largely symbolic; the institution she is protesting against — Bridget — will likely move forward with anti-self policy regardless.