Got a Secret. Can You Keep It?

By: Emmanuel Muñoz Crespo

He knows all of the students’ secrets but you don’t know who he is. Although trying to get a personal interview was unsuccessful, Admin agreed to have an interview through private messages.

If you have a social media account and don’t live under a rock you probably know what Confesiones UPRM is. It’s the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez very own confession website. It might be known as a gossip site or an “outlet that revolutionized students’ interactions off-campus,” as Admin describes it.

“Everyone wants a break from his or her busy day and to take a minute to laugh and forget everything,” he explained; “That’s why I decided to go ahead and create it” From embarrassing stories to full devoted confessions, this page currently counts with more than 3,000 different posts. While browsing through the page I noticed how not every post was a story; some of them really were a cry out to the world expressing their problem.

Some people might take this page as a just-for-fun public board but others see it as the last resort to completely express themselves. “I have read every confession ever posted and let me tell you that there are some pretty strong ones. Being a student has never been easy but now we can express to the world what we’re going through.”

After reading every single post that has been posted some of them actually “made me tear,” he revealed. “You don’t really know what people go through every day. Not everyone is doing fine.”

I asked which was the most memorable confession he has ever read. “It’s hard to remember because they have been going for over a year now; but I recall there was one where a female student had various struggles in life and admitted she almost committed suicide from the top of the business administration building.” He gave me a brief summary of the story and continued “…she later wrote about how all the comments from the post made her look on the positive side and agreed to seek professional help. I’m amazed just thinking how this page possibly saved a life”

Several posts became viral throughout its first months and gained so much popularity that local newspaper covered a story. On December 6, 2013 the Puerto Rican newspaper ‘El Nuevo Día’ published a two-page news story about how this webpage has changed the way students interact.  “I’m overwhelmed that they would write a article on my page, but I’m glad. This made readers aware that this really is a useful tool for students to express themselves.”

Article published on December 6, 2013 in local newspaper; Interviews were conducted and several posts were extracted off the various pages.

Article published on December 6, 2013 in local newspaper; Interviews were conducted and several posts were extracted off the various pages.

Being a year-long project, I asked the admin what changes he has seen within students or faculty. “Believe it or not, I have noticed a couple of things”. “Sometimes when I walk around through campus I hear people telling their friends about recent confessions that have made them laugh.”

After asking what it feels like to have most of the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez students and faculty read the page but know who exactly is controlling everything he simply laughed. “I’ve done the whole anonymous thing as a precaution. I didn’t exactly know if I was permitted to do this while carrying the university’s name. In case anything bad happened and they were out to get me, they couldn’t cause they do not know who I am.”

From romantic encounters, bad experiences in classes and hacks on how to get good grades in a course , everything has been captured in the confession posts.

From romantic encounters, bad experiences in classes and hacks on how to get good grades in a course , everything has been captured in the confession posts.

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