After I posted my nice n' longwinded response below,
I realized how crass some of that shit sounds (re
my experience in high school).
The point I was
trying to make (probably more easily made if I hadn't
pulled an all-nighter recently-sorry for such goofiness), was that throughout
high school it was a given — a belief shared
by kids who had worked much, much harder at school
and who had better grades than me — that college
is a time when you buckle down and start reading
and working like never before. Yet surprise, surprise, while
I was a work-shirking, difficult asshole in high school, I
seemed to be in the minority by actually turning work
in on time at Hampshire, a regular paragon of virtue!
The last two weeks of school, most of the
students were furiously trying to write all the work they'd
procrastinated from doing. The worst part was listening to someone
complain, “My professor is giving me an incomplete because I
didn't turn all my papers before the end of the
semester, but I'll get an eval once I turn them
in,” and learning that they were even further behind in
another class and waiting until after winter break or the
summer to finish that class!
Only at Hampshire would
it be out of the ordinary for someone to graduate
in a straight four years. Of the 11 people in
my orientation group, only two of us finished in four
years, and only two others returned to Hampshire after time
off. That was fairly typical.
I still think Hampshire is
a great place for some students, but the level of
cynicalism and anger a lot of the alumns I knew
held (and hold) for the place was (and is) simply,