Playboy readers respond
[Playboy, November 2005]
Letters to the Editor:
I lost my virginity today: I read my first issue of PLAYBOY. I absolutely loved it, but Earnest Goes to College (October) broke my heart. I am a junior at the University of Arizona, and I have always wondered where to find the fun colleges shown in movies like Old School. Instead, students today are expected to work 30 hours a week, volunteer at least 15 hours a week and have at least two internships before they graduate. No wonder we're all depressed.
While the rules are getting stricter and Greek life isn't what it used to be, many students still take their time to graduate, party atleast four nights a week and take part in all sorts of debauchery. The nation will never lack for leaders.
It's ironic that a society whose corporate philosophy made a cliche of "Think outside the box" is now grooming its children to hop backin.
When I studied abroad in Australia, administrators accepted a certain amount of merrymaking. I never heard of anyone being hospitalizedor driving drunk, both of which happened weekly at my school in the U.S. Today's students have seen the failings of those who thought they could change the world, and it makes
us cynical. We want our piece of the pie before everything goes tohell. My parents' generation experimented. My generation self-medicates.
San Diego, California
Parties are where students learn to be social and communicate. Thenext time you meet someone who went to a school lacking in them, chances are he or she will be uncomfortable talking about anything otherthan school or work.
Santa Barbara, California
College today seems less like a traditional exercise in figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your life than one in learning how to be financially successful.
It's not fair to call the latest generation of students mild compared with those of Animal House days. Most battles for student freedoms have been fought, and there is no draft (yet).
Most students I know don't seem to enjoy college. The minute you start having fun, you're made to feel you've done something morally wrong. Your article gave me a new perspective as I get bogged down withtests, law school applications and job interviews. I have the rest of my life to act old.
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