Andy Loeber, 21, writes in his journal on Dec. 19, 2017. Writing in his journal is one way that Loeber deals with stress in his life. Loeber writes either in a journal or in his joke notebook. The avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc. Escapism is an idea that we deal with each day of our lives. In the stress filled world we live in each person finds their own unique way to escape. These people have shared their personal ways to avoiding reality with me.
Celeste Connell, 20, relaxes under a blanket watching the “X-Files” on Dec. 12, 2017. Connell said that the “X-Files” was her favorite show and she would watch it and lay down just to relax.
Darby Linn, 19, colors in her bedroom on Dec. 19, 2017. Linn just finished her finals and had a coloring book that she had been working on. Linn decided to finish coloring in the drawing of a mermaid that she had been working on.
Erika Chavarria, 20, paints in her dining room on Dec. 15, 2017. Chavarria has always been an artist and continues to paint. Painting has allowed Chavarria to express and sort through stress and emotions built up from life.
Jonathan Allen, 20, smokes weed from his bong on Dec. 6, 2017. Allen first began smoking in high school and has continued to use it as a way to escape from his stress. During the last few weeks of school, Allen would smoke to destress after a day of studying or work.
Hunter Hajdu, 20, finishes a shot of Captain Morgan while hanging out with friends on Dec. 16, 2017. Hajdu has always used drinking as a social form of escapism. Hanging out with friends and having a drink helps Hajdu to relax during times of intense stress.
Josh Collins, 20, drinks a cup of coffee and reads the book “My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Collins uses reading as a way to escape from the stresses of his daily life
Gianna Gambone, 20, smokes and drives into the mountains on Dec. 4, 2017. Gambone took her dog on a hike to decompress from the building stress of college.
Kelly Yanagihara, 20, escaped from the stress of finals by laying in bed and reading Harry Potter on Dec. 18th, 2017. Yanagihara has always been a fan of books and is working on her first read through of the Harry Potter series.
Natania Bloch, 20, has her hair dyed by Charlie Losche on Dec. 12, 2017. Block said that having her hair dyed is a strange form of stress relief for her. Bloch dyed her hair from light blue to red.
Tyler Schad, 21, plays ukulele and drinks a beer on Dec. 12, 2017. Music has always played an important role in Schad’s life and he continues to use it to escape from his stress.