As a senior at Cornell, one thing I realized is that there are a lot of things I don’t take advantage of. Thus, on Wednesday when our intramural softball game was canceled before the third inning had even started, instead of going home I followed my friends to Bailey Hall to see Post Secret creator Frank Warren.
OK, first of all: Bailey Hall. When I arrived at Cornell as a freshmen this building was undergoing renovation. Since the completion I never had a reason to venture inside. One word for my initial reaction: Wow. It’s basically a huge auditorium/theater that seats upwards of 1300 students and is absolutely beautiful. There is comfy seating, balconies, a reception area, and in general an air of “at least here I see where my money to Cornell is going towards.”
Apparently it opened up in 2006 -I guess I’m a little behind on the times…you can read the Cornell Chronicle article about it here:
Back to what this entry is really about. There are ALWAYS speakers, concerts, plays, and other random events going on at Cornell. ALWAYS. While this is great, sometimes the selection is so overwhelming I just end up doing nothing. But as a senior, I’ve realized I won’t always be getting these great, and often inexpensive, opportunities. So I decided to go with my friends to catch the tail-end part of Frank Warren’s talk in Bailey Hall.
Post Secret is an online and literary phenomenon, if you’re reading this blog you probably know what it is. In case you don’t, the Post Secret Website explains it all. In sum, people mail secrets on postcards to his house, he publishes some of these on his website and in his numerous books.
It was actually a great talk, and I was impressed by his dedication to both the integrity of his work and finding meaning it. He then gave it up to the Cornell audience to reveal their own secrets. Some were funny, some were sweet, some were disturbing and some were heartbreaking. I was really impressed by the courage displayed by all who went up to the microphones to speak.
And, in honor of what he talked about and particularly how underrepresented some of the most common secrets are in the media, here are a few links to some resources:
Thanks for reading this one.