Minimalist students in the lavish modern world

By Staff Writer
December 4, 2018

Graphic by staff writer Brooke Fertig
Graphic by staff writer Brooke Fertig

Many college students are switching to minimalist lifestyles.

Being more with less?

When choosing life as a minimalist, students simplify their life by discarding the clutter in their life to make room for what is truly important in their individual lives.

Graphic by staff writer Brooke Fertig

Annie Gorski is a senior psychology major at Cabrini University. She believes that minimalist lifestyles are a good basis for true growth.

“I feel like minimalism is a good mindset to strive for- whether it’s a mindset or the way you want to live your life,” Gorski said. “I feel like it teaches you what’s important in life and shows you, when it comes down to it, the essentials that you need in life to survive are really all you need…Everything else is just potential stressors in your life.”

For college students, minimalism can be a positive way for students to free themselves of physical and mental burdens. This then allows them to live their lives more freely. Additionally, for the cost-conscious student, minimalism is an immensely effective way to resist impulse buys, which has proven to be effective in saving money.

Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus run the blog The Minimalists

“Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less. We focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom. ”

What is misguided about the modern American dream, as defined by The Minimalists, is that happiness is measured by the accumulation of possessions. The accumulation is never enough.

Graphic by staff writer Brooke Fertig

What are the cons of being more with less?

It takes immense courage to be different.

Upon adopting a minimalist lifestyle, many students find it difficult to explain to their friends, family, co-workers and lovers just how minimalism works. However, it is important to remain dedicated to explaining the reasoning why.

Additionally, many individuals find this lifestyle is simply not for them.

Micahel Brandon John is a senior business major at Cabrini University. He believes that a minimalist lifestyle is not for him.

“I personally wouldn’t be a minimalist because I like having a lot of things,” John said. “I don’t think my life needs to be simplified; however, I see why people do it.”

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