Button down, thrifted Asos | Dress, Forever 21 (picked by the girls I RA'ed!) | Shoes, Keds | Headband, China
Not pictured: Toto
Photos by Alura Chung-Mehdi
"Are you Dorothy?"
As a friend and I made our way across campus, more than one person stopped basket-swinging, gingham-sporting me to ask this question.
The first time, I laughed and said that dressing specifically like Dorothy hadn't been the goal--I'd simply been aiming for a farm-esque look, since that's where we were headed.
The second time, I wished I had worn my red Keds instead of my gold ones.
I also began to reflect--in the iconic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a tornado uproots Dorothy from her mundane life in Kansas. It drops her in the colorful, magical world of Oz, with little means to find her way back. The kind munchkins advise her to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where she may request that the great Wizard of Oz send her home. Along the way, she encounters various obstacles, but ultimately, with tenacity, creativity, and trust, she arrives safely in Kansas.
While my current location is far from the fantasy-land that is Oz, I'm certainly "not in [Columbus] anymore." Sophomore year has begun, and the pressure to find my career path, to seek my yellow brick road, has grown heavier. I'm certainly lost and a little afraid, as I imagine Dorothy was. But with similar grit, energy, and the click of some fabulous shoes, I hope to find my way as Dorothy did.