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The pressures of going to an Ivy League school appear to have reached an all-time high; no, not because of the rigorous workload or the intensely competitive atmosphere, but because of the “activist responsibilities” that these students so honorably shoulder the burden of undertaking. The hysteria of this situation was captured in an article published in The Brown Daily Herald.
“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on. My grades have dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on anti-depressants and anxiety pills right now. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay” expressed one traumatized student.
Nothing like having your priorities in order, am I right? I am sure that each and every one of these students will be so proud to tell the story of how they chose to fail out of an Ivy League school so they could spend more time focusing on their activist duties. I hear that employers also love to see that on a resume. “I may be an Ivy League dropout, but I helped to diversify the fuck out of that school.” Human rights are fantastic, no doubt about it, but there comes a point in the process where a protester crosses over from being an activist to just merely being an unnecessary nuisance to the issue.
This somewhat laughable scenario is not merely the fault of the students, however. One student profiled in the article named Justice Gaines provides insight into how the university itself is helping to foster this atmosphere of hyper-activism. Gaines mentions that he actually receives notes from the deans that excuse him from class so that he is able to organize and attend these activist movements. Congratulations, Mr. and Miss. Gaines. Your $70,000 of annual tuition is going towards making picket signs and excused absence notes — really getting a great return on investment here. Worth noting: Gaines also uses the “gender-neutral pronouns,” xe, xem xyr, so if that doesn’t tell you all that you need to know about this dude I’m not sure what will.
It is evident that these kids will not stop until every last individual is freed from all of their micro-aggressions, stressors, and triggers, even if it is at the expense of their college and employment careers. So Brown, how about we step up and stop handing out these excused absence notes and get the kids back in classrooms. And to the students, if you are unable to function due to the hardships of others, maybe your parents’ basement is a better destination for you as opposed to a college campus..
[via The Brown Daily Herald]
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