We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When Isaac Newton went to the University of Cambridge several centuries ago, he studied seven days a week, at least ten hours a day, and actively avoided the revelry that some Cambridge undergraduates engaged in even then. No one expects American undergraduates to work as hard as Isaac Newton or as medieval monks. However, what seems to be happening on many American college campuses is the development of such a powerful "fun" culture that a quarter of the students or more arrive thinking that having fun is the main reason they are at college and that the pursuit of knowledge should be resorted to only when they have nothing better to do.
There was a time when the upper classes approached college casually, more as a rite of passage than anything else because they were confident about their futures, while the aspiring classes put their noses to the grindstone the way Newton did. That was in a time, however, when probably 1% or less of the population even considered higher education. It has been democratized, which might be another way of saying that many colleges are now glorified high schools.
Depends on the school. One kid is a recent (employed) grad of an Ivy where she and her friends worked 14 hours a day six days a week. Tho that included the 3 jobs my kid worked to help pay her way.
Church was part of the day of rest. But they had fun, just at the expense of sleep. Parties would start at 10 pm after people had had time to study.
In general, kids in fraternities and sororities or some eating clubs drink and party way too much these days. I can never decide if the vomit smell in the bathrooms is from binge drinking's aftermath or bulimia (all the girls are pretty trim).
The dumber the kid, the heartier the partier. My other daughter's state university(w a good national reputation, quite unfounded in my opinion ) is vast, anomic,focused on athletics, drinking and hooking up w academics last. Since all my kids are geeks and scholars, this is not a good fit.
As the son of working class parents who did not go to college themselves; but saw fit to allow me to go (only child who did, BTW) I was actually rather pissed off at all those "partiers" at college.
I had a real sense of what a great opportunity I was given (and worked damn hard to get) that I resented others "ruining" the experience for me by pulling fire alarms several times on Saturday night in the dorm.
I resented them for thinking that I was just an old "stick in the mud" for not wanting to live with sloppy roommates who smoked pot all the time and then pulled all-nighters the day before their big test while I tried to hold down a part-time job while also studying everyday so that I actually could learn and not just pass.
If only we could get those punks out of school and let those who really would benefit from it . . .