College is all about growing into one’s personality— finding oneself. But that is not true for MSU student Monica Eagleton. “My parents have just like set so many like expectations for me and what if, like, I just don’t know what they’re talking about?” Monica, like many students today, feels trapped by the stereotypes that pervade the college experience. While touring prospective colleges, many students report an overwhelming feeling of academia that leaves them wallowing in the bitterness of their own ignorance.
Todd Winchester, who hopes to graduate in the next seven years with a degree in University Studies, noted the atmosphere right away. “I felt pressured to change myself, to conform. The social climate demands forced me to turn from who I was — an apathetic but secretly brilliant individual — into another functioning cog whose only goal is to improve society. I felt lost.” After a few weeks of living in the skin of someone he didn’t want to be, Winchester found himself again in an intimate soul-baring ceremony known as crossfading. In that moment, he found who he wanted to be and also discovered what the color heliotrope felt like.
Winchester is but one story of many. He couldn’t — nor should he — have to conform to the stereotypes that define college. He should not have to change the self-indulgence and laziness that have characterized his life for so long. Students should be breaking free of the boxes society has built around them. The best years of one’s life shouldn’t be given over to mindless learning in preparation for the future. Factors like graduation rates, academic programs and research opportunities shouldn’t even be considered when choosing a school. Freedom to break free from what society expects of students can be a life changing experience for many.
MSU is purportedly an open-minded and accepting campus. This, however, cannot be true until things like classes, books, knowledge and discussion of academic topics are no longer the defining qualities of the school. In an effort to get good press for once, Montana Hall has started the “Drinking in Defiance” program. Students will work with government employees to burn class schedules and host ragers in a small but determined effort to break free of educational stereotypes. President and co-founder of the program, Blake Riggins, provided his stance on the issue: “I want to defy shtereotypes” said Riggins, a third generation fraternity member as he waited for his chance to do a keg stand. He was unavailable for further comment because he became enamored with an equally inebriated female and they began gyrating spastically together.
Obnoxious do-gooders who live in the library promote the environment of intolerance that Riggins is working so hard to fight against. As a school, MSU needs to take them down a notch by promoting things like spit ball wars and hate notes delivered to the pretentious bastards during class. All must do their part to create a better setting for intellectually stunted but fully incompetent people to embrace their better qualities.
Note: At the time of print, Todd had regressed to studying after his parents threatened to take away his trust fund.