Editor's Note

Giant, ugly pillowcases? Fake Instagrams? Hashtags? Lauren and Hayley discuss authenticity.

by Lauren Budd and Hayley Hoverter | 9/14/16 12:00am

After a zillion existential crises, Hayley has finally reached senior year of college, which she feels is her last chance at getting her life together and figuring out who she is before she emerges into #reallife.

So she and Lauren decided to make this issue about being #real and #tru to yourself. That’s right, y’all. This issue is about authenticity, where some awesome writers (and both of us) delved into #deep topics like what influences who we are, how we make friends, and whether we put on facades.

As we look at Baker-Berry covered in what looks like a giant, ugly pillow case of itself, we cant help but wonder: aren’t we all just wearing giant, ugly pillowcases of ourselves #errday? Are we ever #truly ourselves?

In the same vein, Hayley recently found out that Lauren has a fake Instagram, which is for her “#real homies” (hashtag added for continuity and clarity) and features pictures not cool enough for her mainstream account. “Wait, your fake Instagram has the same amount of followers as my real Instagram,” Hayley lamented. #tooreal. Anyways, we hope you enjoy this issue and #keepitreal the rest of your first week!