More Than a Mask: Mandates Help Student Self Consciousness

The everyday student and person is obligated to wear a mask at the risk of themselves and the people around them, but people’s immunity is not the only thing being handled, faces are no longer able to be exposed to one another, creating a blanket of comfort to those who do not wish to face social cues in either the classroom or outside world.

“Something about hiding my face, there isn’t much detail about it, you get to hide your face. It gives you a little chance to be hidden,” sophomore Kayla Johnson said.

Wearing masks can give a false sense of anonymity, and that includes people not seeing is the entire person nowadays, a face is a door as the eyes are called the soul. 

“It’s comfier than let’s say having a breakout and not wanting to show the world,” Johnson said.

Any person that may have an unplanned pimple, blemish, rough patch on the entire bottom half of the face could be grateful to the power of a mask as a shield from exposure. Some may experience breakouts, though, if the material of a mask irritates the skin. 

“My outfit is the only thing that I pay attention to now,” Johnson said.

For some who may have some if any priority on how they’re observed on the basis of attire, put an emphasis on what is valued superficially, such as the materials on the bare skin and bones that have surface-level substance. Anyone can prompt their outfit in the way they can, but whatever frown or grin underneath the mask tells the true mood.

“My self-consciousness will go away if I’m wearing a mask. My presence feels like it’s not as bright with it on,” Johnson said.

Someone’s presence in a room feels sealed even with just a portion of the face covered according to Johnson.

“This won’t happen again, though, I would like for this to be in the past, so I don’t plan on wearing one after Covid is over with. I hope we become the generation of germaphobes,” Johnson said. 

The era of masks will not be permanent as most things.

“I feel like my involuntary facial expressions are no longer a burden, I’ve made mean faces not on purpose, but out of reflex when I’m not paying attention,” Johnson said.

The mouth has proven it’s versatile use as a protein grinder, as well as a signal of gestures. Whether anyone means it or not, facial expressions speak and move people even against a person’s will.

“Because there’s this entire section covered, I was trying too much to smile at my hairdresser intensely and I’m pretty sure she couldn’t tell, but the fact that there’s this little tiny sliver of anonymity where a major portion of my face is neither bad nor good for me,” sophomore Kira Heflin said.

The fact of the matter of a person’s expressions being sealed is the rise of free expression in the most unsocial way possible.

 “I like the fact that people can personalize a mask, whether it be with a sports team or flowers, or anything like that,” Heflin said. “Another thing I like is that it’s creating a social precedent of being able to not get in each other’s faces, which is like a coronavirus’ effect. Masks are a part of it though because you don’t have to be as invasive with a person to understand each other and talk to each other.”

By Gabby Plasencia, staff writer

Featured photo by Kayla Childress

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