Thoughts of a Collegiate
College is becoming more of a social indoctrination and an obvious moneymaking MACHINE. People are failing classes, not doing well in classes that aren’t that good to begin with and the professors are there for the paycheck. No one seeks an education, they simply seek A’s. People are so interested in GPA’s, but if you ask them about their classes they clearly don’t even have any passion about the subjects. They probably forget everything they have ‘learned’ (aka short-term memory) once they regurgitated the information after midterms/finals. Some of my friends are taking a certain major just for the financial ‘promise’ that it holds for them in the future.
I see the same shit every weekend. People getting shwasted, dumbing themselves down and just continuously fucking. I can’t even talk to a girl at a party these days because I’ve realized that this superficial world is probably a place where I’m NOT gonna find anything/anyone meaningful.
Last year as a freshman I gave no thought to this and thoroughly enjoyed partying. Ever since I moved out of the dorms, I’ve slowly opened my eyes to these observations.
@aestheticbrah, I completely agree. I attend a self-proclaimed ‘party school’ and see exactly the same thing. Very few people are there to learn, most are there for the ‘degree’. Sometimes I have a very bad feeling about the future ‘professionals’ I will be dealing with. Though, I have found some kindred spirits interested in pushing the learning boundary by being a part of my university’s honors program. There are others out there! I suppose if they all end up as baristas or gas attendants, its up to those of us who care to look out for the world. Some responsibility eh?
@aestheticbrah, I’ve been running into this same wall for awhile and moving slow & steady, dodging all the obstacles of ‘social indoctrination-machine’ that can be college; it reminds me of quick sand for the unaware. That’s why, for me, there must be a dream in toe to forge through to. Yesterday, I met someone who grew up in my same neighborhood, and I found out he knew most of my old middle school friends that I moved away from. Sadly, many of them never arose from the mud and still are in place where I left off seven years ago; but bundled with children of their own or rehab.
Keep observing, it keeps your head above water. :)
@aestheticbrah, eh, you’re probably just not in the right spot. You sound in need of new friends, which is totally ok. You need to go to the right parties, meet the right people, where real discussions are going down. Don’t go to any more superficial parties man, you’re right, once you’ve gone to one you’ve gone to them all. But don’t give up on people either, because unless you can go to another planet, people are all you’ve got. I felt the same way when I was at school, particularly this one school I went to, only to find out that there was an awesome music scene there that I didn’t know anything about, because I didn’t bother to find out. You’re right though, the people there seeking GPA’s and grades instead of true knowledge, aka tomorrow’s future professionals, they are boring as fuck. Best to stay away from that lot. But a college is like a small city…there’s bound to be at least a handful of people there you can find to have higher level discussions and meaningful experiences with.
@baptiste, dude, seriously, that snide cynicism of yours, what the fuck good is it doing anybody? Pardon my French but I’m just tired of people’s smug self-righteous remarks, acting like they know better but only offering condescention instead of a solution. That gas station attendant bullshit, how is that helping anyone solve their problems?
@aestheticbrah I’m currently a freshman in college. I’ve been making the same observations that you’ve mentioned since the semester has began and I have learned to enjoy it. While it makes me confused, even sad at times, it kinda reassures my own jurisprudence of how I view and go about the “college life”.
What made me laugh about your post was the notion of not being able to talk to women at these parties. I have been going on this two or three day rant about how the girls at these parties are just simply dumb bitches. I talk to them and I think, “What a naive life you must live.”
Anywho, you’re not the only one with these thoughts so don’t feel crazy. The reason I’m in college is because I want to be a REAL teacher, high school preferably. And it’s fairly difficult to become a teacher in today’s world without a degree. I wish otherwise, though. Maybe I’ll start an education system revolution in the future. I don’t know.
Best of luck,
Robert C. Proctor