Object 3: ‘College Counselling Evening’
May 25, 2021
This object is picture of a ‘College Counselling Evening’ conducted by the college counsellor at school, the meeting took place via zoom due to the current lockdown in the UK. The college counsellor discussed the transition from secondary school to university, a shift which is perceived as challenging. This object in relation to prompt 10 fundamentally infers that those who are more privileged gain expert advice surrounding university applications, than those less privileged; and this can offer many challenges. We can infer that the audience of this ‘College Counselling Evening’ are supported and informed, therefore giving them more leverage into launching them into university, more than those who are less likely to get access to this kind of information, perhaps teenagers attending public school or home- schooled. This meeting provided thorough information about university, giving an advantage to those who attended this talk. This object enriches this exhibition as it illustrates the correlation between privilege and accessibility. This is literally illustrated as the meeting took place in the form of a zoom meeting, requiring a password, proving that the challenge of this imperative knowledge is not accessible, and not communicated to a range of people.
Another challenge of this dissemination of knowledge is that it may have a nature of forcing students into the trajectories that we are made to follow, due to the information about universities that we are fed. The pressures of expectations relayed by authority figures equals to less freedom when deciding the outcomes of individual futures. Therefore, the dissemination of this knowledge being pressurising results in the challenge of less freedom beheld by students. In addition, this pressure can result to mental health issues in teenagers, as they try to morph their idealistic futures into what is expected of them.
Fig 1: Howell Jeremy, BBC NEWS, “Talking to male investors about bras can be awkward”<https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-56294680> Accessed: April 22
Fig 2 : Flood Alison, The Guardian, “Shocked by the uproar’: Amanda Gorman’s white translator quits” <https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/01/amanda-gorman-white-translator- quits-marieke-lucas-rijneveld> Accessed: April, 24
Fig. 3: My own image