is serious for serious students, and a joke for jokers,
though the jokers do not get the last laugh.
***WHAT MAKES IT GOOD***
The University of Colorado is a
bastion of intellectualism despite its setbacks, when it is devoid
of many of its undergraduates. The university is a
progressively minded, cosmopolitan, hub of academic culture. It possesses
incredible resources and a breadth of opportunities for those interested
in walking through its hallowed halls of learning. The
faculty has contributed graciously to the development of knowledge.
Education almost self-perpetuates itself in these labs and offices.
Those students serious about their studies receive possibly an unparalleled
level of education as good as any top-notch university.
Passionate, driven, intellectually oriented students reap the rewards. On
a good day, the students here have as much potential
as at peer institutions like the Universities of Virginia, Michigan,
California-Berkeley, Washington, and Georgia Tech. On their very best
day, students here could manage with Rice, Penn, Duke, and
University of Chicago students. However, this crop of students
I am speaking of may be dwindling due to the
ever increasing refuse making its way to campus.
***NOW THE BAD***
Though the best students here will likely
have bright futures and leave behind impressionable legacies, the other
MANY do not appreciate the education they receive. Many
at CU are vane, doddering fools preoccupied with clothing, cars,
or spring-break plans. They simply do not care about
studying, learning, or reading books for the fun and benefit
of it. They could care less if their chemistry
professor is part of the National Academy or if their
English instructor is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Those students
are simply here because the weather is great, the mountains
have snow, and because their parents left them with an
ultimatum to either attend college (for free) or find a
job. I have spoken to students such as these
who have not the slightest clue as to what studying
entails or what it means to work for something, to
devote unbridled passion to an academic task because one wants
Some would rather get roaring drunk,
damage property, smoke an ounce of weed, and wake up
underneath a car the following morning while not being implicated
in the rape.
Rinse and repeat.
Again, many would rather get through by the path
of least resistance, the bear minimum, so as to not
broadside their Wednesday-through-Sunday-night plans in their proverbial “real-world.” For
some, this is their version of MTV's “The Real World."
Though some of the students I mentioned above
can be quite pitiful with their committal acts of stupidity,
this should not detract from the university’s impressiveness. Students
are what they are wherever you go, even the frustrating
ones. I cannot change the demeanor of those around
me, I can only take example, recoil, and instead surround
myself with people whose abilities are superior to my own
to be continually motivated. That is not elitist, that
is simply smart.
***BACK TO THE GOOD***
literally a student’s output is in natural agreement with the
student’s input. In words, one gets out what one
puts in. A few hard-working, passionate, driven friends I
have that already graduated are grad students at Caltech, McGill,
Yale, Washington, Colorado State, and UC-Santa Barbara. Others found
nice jobs around the area. These people were not
binge drinkers or “party people,” if memory serves, but they
still had fun; life within reason and moderation.
A few others I know that drank, smoked, or were
lazy fools wondering aimlessly through life, have either dropped out,
been thrown life-lines by the college or the parents, or
have transferred elsewhere. Such is life.