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Florence Campbell-Gray

This piece was written shortly before I began my first term of university. The reason I write is for catharsis, the predominant emotion dealt with in this poem being anxiety. I was expressing my fear of detachment from all I found familiar. An unwillingness to embrace the unpredictability of my new chapter in life. There were social expectations to appear ambitious. I felt the need to conceal my vulnerability as best I could. I struggled with this, feeling transparent, much like a bubble. Now, having completed my first term, I feel reassured by how much I have achieved in spite of my fears. I can embrace the gritty 'Ryvitta' of independent life and be prepared for the challenges that come with my transition into adulthood. I think that, as this is such a pivotal moment in life, the themes and emotions I deal with are recognisable to many people my age.

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