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.
The salutatorian at my daughter's recent high school graduation actually said almost exactly that. I think his exact words were "Do no harm." I loved it and it was so much better than the community organizer stuff the validictorian spewed.
My son's HS graduation speaker was a Marine Captain who basically said some similar things.
One part of this which struck me was the "fraternity basements" part. I spent quite a bit of time in our fraternity basement and he's right, the bonding down there was very useful.
But I disagree that it's all that valuable - at least it's nowhere near as valuable as the education missed by those who spent time down there while skipping classes. I knew 2 fellows who eventually dropped out. A few others who are making a fair to middling income.
The 'college experience' isn't what I'm paying for my son to have. He can have bonding anywhere, it doesn't have to be a fraternity basement. It could be at the store he works, in the car with friends as he cruises around town, at the community college, on a lacrosse club, etc.
There is no 'college experience' so valuable that it can't be had somewhere else. A friend of mine complained about his experience going to a commuter school. I asked if he had a great time. Yes he did, he joined a fraternity. So, I pointed out, your experience wasn't bad, it was just different, and there's nothing wrong with that. What if I'd chosen Penn as opposed to Syracuse, as I could have? Would I have had a 'better' experience in a fraternity basement there? Would that experience be equal to the education I was receiving? No and no.
Still, some of this was good advice and I agree with it. But I'm not shelling out $40,000 a year for 'an experience'. Too many other ways to have that which are much cheaper.