The Human Library

Quinn Sheehan

We all know how much valuable information a single library can hold, with the countless pages of text within it. More people than not, find a library quite boring.

So try and take into account, the power of the human mind, its resources, and the knowledge one person can obtain from another. Every person follows a different road in life, and it is by the road we take, we learn. By learning, we are able teach others.

I recently attended an event called, “The Human Library”. It was an event in which students around campus took time out of their schedules to speak on topics that they were experts on.

Some of the topics included: people with a disability, drug addiction, homosexuality, and Islamic religion.

There were several tables set up around the room with a couple of chairs at each one for attendees to have a conversation with the spokesperson. I have a strong passion with anything pertaining to the medical field, so naturally, I went to speak with Jaime at the “drug addiction” table. Jaime had been a drug addict ever since she had been on painkillers from an injury to her back.

After taking painkillers for weeks to relieve the pain, she couldn’t stop. She was constantly going back to the doctor who kept writing her prescriptions. After a while, many health related implications arose from abusing drugs. After she realized her health was a great concern, especially having two kids, she had stopped taking the drugs and it has been six years since. Jaime said to me, “I wouldn’t be the person I am today, if I hadn’t gone through that.” I was stunned by her amazing story.

This event was very personal, and all the members were willing to share about their subject. Jaime’s story goes to show what somebody can learn from another person.

It shows what someone can learn from another person’s path in life, something you cannot find at the library.

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