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Meet The College Student Who Is Writing A Book About Instagram

In today’s world, it’s easy to assume that every college student is obsessed with Instagram. But one student isn’t using the platform to just promote selfies, food and her dog. Instead, she is using it to truly share her life with her followers.

Caroline Calloway is a student at Cambridge University in England. She has over 400,000 followers, and like we said, she engages them in her posts by not only uploading beautiful photos, but also by writing long and detailed captions explaining the moment.

She mainly focuses on sharing her experience as a 23-year-old, going to college abroad (she’s originally from New York). Calloway openly talks about her struggles of meeting people, romance and her fascination with everyday things she encounters. “The thing about Cambridge is, no matter what you’re doing, even if you’re just eating an ice cream cone — it is the most fairytale ice cream that has ever been eaten because you have the backdrop of these sort of Disneyland, storybook castles,” she told The Huffington Post.

 

Of course you don’t need me to remind you that breaking up is the fucking worst. But unless you’re currently going through a break up RIGHT NOW, there’s 100% chance you’ve forgotten what it feels like. And that statement’s not just me making up fun facts (although it IS Saturday, amirite? #TFM), that’s science—specifically the research of Harvard professor, Daniel Gilbert, who’s devoted his career to understanding happiness. And before your attention starts to wander because I just used a sentence containing the words ‘research’ and ‘Harvard,’ I need you to hear me out, Instagram. Like a sassy black judge on daytime TV, who squints and says things like “mmmmHHMMMM” and “I’ll allow it, I’ll allow it.” You see, Daniel Gilbert’s research has proven that it’s neurologically impossible for human beings to remember how happy something made them in the past. Which means that you and I can’t remember how awful it is to break up for the same reason that, during a break up, we literally forget what it feels like to be happy. And which makes it impossible for you—and even me, believe it or not—to comprehend the complete, life-numbing, soul-splintering sadness I felt when I said goodbye to Josh at JFK and he kissed me on the forehead for the last time. After all, someone doesn’t have to be perfect for you to cry when they’re gone. But there is good news, Instagram. We’re a lot smarter than Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert and I’ll tell you why. Remember how at the beginning of the story I asked you guys to fall in love with Josh? Right. Well that’s about to come in Pretty. Fucking. Handy. Because right now you and Josh are breaking up… No more forehead kisses. No more breakfast in bed. No more biceps. All we can do is sob our way to Gate B72 and remember what it feels like to say goodbye to someone you love. To Be Continued #adventuregrams

 

A photo posted by Caroline Calloway (@carolinecalloway) on

It’s easy to think Calloway is pretentious, but she’s really anything but that. Her captions are personal and they engage followers to not only read them, but also share their stories with her. Here’s a little piece from one post after she broke up with her boyfriend. “Remember how at the beginning of the story I asked you guys to fall in love with Josh? Right. Well that’s about to come in Pretty. Fucking. Handy. Because right now you and Josh are breaking up… No more forehead kisses. No more breakfast in bed. No more biceps. All we can do is sob our way to Gate B72 and remember what it feels like to say goodbye to someone you love.”

Of course you don’t need me to remind you that breaking up is the fucking worst. But unless you’re currently going through a break up RIGHT NOW, there’s 100% chance you’ve forgotten what it feels like. And that statement’s not just me making up fun facts (although it IS Saturday, amirite? #TFM), that’s science—specifically the research of Harvard professor, Daniel Gilbert, who’s devoted his career to understanding happiness. And before your attention starts to wander because I just used a sentence containing the words ‘research’ and ‘Harvard,’ I need you to hear me out, Instagram. Like a sassy black judge on daytime TV, who squints and says things like “mmmmHHMMMM” and “I’ll allow it, I’ll allow it.” You see, Daniel Gilbert’s research has proven that it’s neurologically impossible for human beings to remember how happy something made them in the past. Which means that you and I can’t remember how awful it is to break up for the same reason that, during a break up, we literally forget what it feels like to be happy. And which makes it impossible for you—and even me, believe it or not—to comprehend the complete, life-numbing, soul-splintering sadness I felt when I said goodbye to Josh at JFK and he kissed me on the forehead for the last time. After all, someone doesn’t have to be perfect for you to cry when they’re gone. But there is good news, Instagram. We’re a lot smarter than Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert and I’ll tell you why. Remember how at the beginning of the story I asked you guys to fall in love with Josh? Right. Well that’s about to come in Pretty. Fucking. Handy. Because right now you and Josh are breaking up… No more forehead kisses. No more breakfast in bed. No more biceps. All we can do is sob our way to Gate B72 and remember what it feels like to say goodbye to someone you love. To Be Continued #adventuregrams

A photo posted by Caroline Calloway (@carolinecalloway) on

What’s even more incredible is, although she has so many followers, she’s hasn’t made any money off of her Instagram account.

Calloway is currently working on her book proposal, and her book will hopefully be out in 2016 — how cool is that?

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