A Thought on College as it Appears in Modern Society
College is often sold to the student as being the best time of your life. It is common practice for those who have graduated college to look back longingly as if college was the pinnacle of their enjoyment, believing that it is the perfect balance of responsibility and freedom. Expectations are built in the young men and women in high school for the wonders of the college experience, but is it what they really want? I have become aware of the phenomenon that makes college so appealing, the thing that makes it a memory of covetous longing for many. It is a time when responsibility is only increased marginally and freedom is given full reign. Its almost as if the educational system has worked to take the college experience and craft it as something that doesn’t actually fit into life. In life if you move out of your parent’s house, you are responsible for cooking and paying rent, and you must start working. Academia gives all of those responsibilities too you for free in the name of learning, and what do students do with all the sacrifices others are making for them? They do just as any wise human being would do and take complete advantage of them and give way to ceaseless fun mixed with just enough studying to get them to wherever they want to go. They develop a stigmatism for responsibility because that is the nasty thing that kills the lifestyle of their college experience. Little do they know that responsibility is actually what they crave. They want freedom, but college teaches them that they can get freedom without the work involved, and that there are ways to be dependent on others while still experiencing complete freedom. With this mindset ingrained in students its no wonder that they are unsatisfied with living after college, it’s a culture shock. The institution that claims to be preparing them for a life outside of its walls is actually preparing them for a life of wanting to live a college lifestyle, filled with irresponsibility, lack of commitments, and a false sense of freedom.