Why Britney Spears’ 2007 mental breakdown is a metaphor for senior year

Oh, Britney. The highly publicized mental breakdown of 2007 is a memory that the world just can’t seem to shake. I was only 7 years old at the time, and while I recall it happening, I never gave much thought to it. As I age more, I understand. Not only do I understand, but I relate. Here’s to you, Brit.


Allegedly, Britney shaved her head because she was tired of people touching her. She could no longer deal with the stylists and hairdressers and photographers all up in her business. Like Brit, sometimes you just need everyone to back off. Senior year is a busy time and you’ll indubitably be harassed by everyone and their mother asking how senior year is going, what colleges you’re applying to, and what you want to do with your life. I want to sleep, alright? Now back off.


Instagram has been thrown on its head as more and more people create “finstas”: a humorous, private page that allows the owner to post whatever content they wish to a select group of followers without fear of judgement. Like Britney, many people tend to overshare their life on these platforms and tell everyone even the most minute details of what’s going on with them. Before you hit “share” on that rant to all of your followers about your week has been without sparing any juicy details, remember that Brit did it first.


Yes, life is hard. Yes, senior year makes me want to crawl into a hole and sleep until June. Am I going to let that stop me? No! In the midst of her mental breakdown, Brit still buckled down and released the Billboard-topping-No. 2 album “Blackout”. This spark of success among her personal turmoil serves as a reminder that while everything in your world seems to be crashing around you as a direct result of senioritis, you can still achieve your goals.

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