Something to confess? UvA students share their sins online on the Instagram account @uvaconfess. We asked the initiators – who want to remain anonymous – four questions. ‘People bottle up lots of thoughts.’
Why did you start the Instagram account?
‘We wanted to improve the sense of community across all faculties. I think @uvaconfess shows how we can all relate to the same problems despite studying different things on different campuses. Now a Dentistry and a Sociology student can laugh together about the guy who told us he stole toilet paper from campus.’
Do you receive many confessions?
‘There were four hundred confessions in this first month. They started pouring in once we added the anonymous confession link. Turns out people have been bottling up a lot of thoughts. The amount we get really depends on the time, day, and what we’ve been posting. We get the best confessions from about 2 to 5 AM.’
Which one do you like most?
‘This one: “For a year I’ve pretended I’m super liberal just to have friends at UvA, when in fact I’m conservative and think of all my friends’ opinions are dumb as fuck”. We really appreciated the honesty in this one. And there is this one: “Fucked a guy just to get him to vote for me for student council”. Some people might think this is a joke, but we can confirm it is most definitely not. You’ve got to respect the hustle.’
Why do you want to remain anonymous?
‘When you go to church on a Sunday morning to confess your sins, you can’t see the priest. He’s always behind a screen. We’ve decided to run our page the same way, just to keep things kosher.’
You can confess here.