Evolving Emotions: Overwhelming Prospects

Smothered in paper

Opening and closing


My laptop and textbook


Cups of coffee surround me

Highly caffeinated, sleep deprived students


Talk and walk quickly

Obviously overwhelmed and


Doing all they can

On the path to graduation…


Stumbling upon an

Open space


Magnificent newness

Unknown to me

Cautiously approaching what is

Hardly familiar


Too many places



Sights to behold


Exploration to embark on


Sorrowful words

Over who I could have been


Mulling over who I could be



Happening now


To become

Obsolete is likely


But to become

Extraordinary would be spectacular.

So much to do. So much to see. So much to be. How beautifully unfortunate.


Erin Knape is a freshman who intends to major in psychology at the University of Michigan. Her greatest passions have always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, photography, or collaging. Evolving Emotions, a weekly installment of poetry and accompanying photography, aims to communicate the unifying conceptions, thoughts, experiences, and emotions felt throughout the college journey. Explore the inner workings of a chaotic mind in Evolving Emotions every Sunday.

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