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Date: Aug 20 2004
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There are a lot of negative postings on this site. Some postings express legitimate concerns. Other postings are seriously wrong or grossly exaggerated. I speculate that these people are upset with there college experience because they could not get into their preferred college. (Hamilton was my first choice.) Or perhaps these complainers are complacent and lazy, which is not a fault of an institution, but a fault of an individual. Hamilton was once known as a “small ivy.” Today it is known as “Ham Tech,” largely because students perpetuate this image. In response to the negative postings: 1. There is a massive maldistribution of wealth in the world. Go to an elite college and you will find it. Yes daddies give nice cars to their WASPy children. Want a nice car, and you do not have one, shut the F up and start working for it. I doubt anyone reading this post was as poor as I was growing up. 2. College is what you make it. You can find anything at Hamilton, whether academic, athletic, or social (if you do not want to drink, then do not drink and go do something else; if you do not want to pledge, then do not pledge; I was not in a frat and I found plenty of things to do). 3. I do not understand people that complain Hamilton is not near a “city” (actually it is, although Utica, Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton are certainly not New York). If you want to be in a “city,” then go to a college in a “city.” 4. Students complain about the lack of diversity at Hamilton. If “diversity” means blacks or foreigners, there are blacks and foreigners at Hamilton. Maybe you should make an effort to interact with them. If you are talking about “diversity” of though, maybe you should explore different ideas. 5. If you do not like the weather in upstate New York, go somewhere else: you know what the weather is like before you matriculate.
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