By Justin Dawes
StandOut, a GRCC organization, is collecting students’ secrets with the intent to send them to the national PostSecret project, according to StandOut member Jasmine Graves.
The idea is for students to submit an anonymous secret written on a provided index card into one of two boxes located in the Student Life office and the testing center explained Graves. The cards will then be posted on the first floor of the Student Center.
Graves is supportive of the project, saying, “It gives people a chance to learn something about themselves and speak out against something.”
She is also excited at the number of students that could be involved with the event. “[It] lets StandOut get in touch with the community,” said Graves.
After the event’s end, the organization has plans to send the secrets to the national organization, PostSecret.
According to the PostSecret Community website, the organization accepts secrets on homemade postcards, and a compilation of them will eventually create the fifth PostSecret book.
The organization was founded by Frank Warren, says the website. The idea originated from a dream Warren had in which three postcards he bought had messages written on the back. One of them was about a “reluctant oracle,” and that was the name of the first project Warren created, where he released works to be discovered.
The last message of Reluctant Oracle read, “You will find your answers in the secrets of strangers.” The project then became PostSecret.
The submissions may contain a variety of emotions. They range from depression to content to excitement.
One person sent a postcard reading, “I’m 25, and I’ve never been kissed. It’s not that I don’t want to…it’s just that no one else does.”
Another postcard, which contained photographs of ten different locks of hair, said, “When they fall asleep, I cut the hair of the kids I babysit.
According to PostSecret Community website, there have been hundreds of thousands of submissions, and it would seem the number is continuing to grow.
There have been four books released so far, including PostSecret: Confessions of Life, Death, and God, which reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list
Secrets can be mailed on postcards and can now be submitted online. For more information, visit postsecretcommunity.com.