Many of the shifts in our identity are as surprising as they are inevitable. As with our bodies and our minds, it’s easy to forget that our identities are in a constant state of change — that is, until a situation forces us to face ourselves and examine who we’ve become. For adolescents, college students included, reckonings with their sense of self come frequently; they feel seismic each time they occur.
My thesis will be a short screenplay in which the central character is recovering from severe executive dysfunction, the impairment of basic skills that include working memory, mental flexibility, and inhibitory control. She will confront the question at the heart of the Ship of Theseus: have I changed enough that I am now an entirely different person than I used to be? And if so, what now?
As part of the story development process, I viewed films that told compelling stories about the impact physical changes can have one one's identity. I intend for my screenplay to explore the ability of a change in mental health to do the same.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communication and Media
Bondzie, Michelle, "Unmoored: Exploring Identity and Change" (2022). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1234.