Loneliness, the real loneliness of having many people around and many things to do but no one to really be with, is a well-documented phenomenon on this campus.
Conservatives on campus are not uniformly self-interested white boys who prance through final clubs on trust fund money.
It’s about the fun meet-ups, the joking put-downs, the scandalous hook-ups, and the raging throw-downs. And, most importantly, it’s about spontaneous water gun fights with your roommates to kick off the weekend on a spring day.
It all boils down to the fact that if we continue to aim for popular, new artists, we’ll never match up to the lineups at other schools. Instead of trying to compete with other spring festivals, we should make Yardfest a new concert genre unto its own.
I fear, in general, that our reverence for grand changes—the unchecked cult of worship surrounding those like Zuckerberg—can blind us to the merits of more modest, but surely good, change.
Kickbacks are a good opportunity to relax over the weekend, after a long week. They provide a social outlet that is safer than binge drinking. And, most importantly, they’re fun.
Don’t get me wrong: Feeling special is generally good. It inspires self-worth, the confidence to take risks, and an onus to make change in the world. And yet, unhampered, it can distort perspectives.
So, overall, is legacy a “nice thing?”
At a place like college, it’s easy to appreciate the stars in an astrophysics class or the grand stories of times long ago in a history class.
For now, in an unideal world, it’s best to strive for another ideal: to think of groups that share a common trait as a group of diverse individuals, who may or may not share so much more. Here, or anywhere else really, there are no rooms covered in mirrors.
Only by working to reverse-engineer a cutthroat admissions process can we tackle mental health issues and improve the academic environment on campus.
If you have a problem with the humanities, please tell me. And tell me straight.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon, Mr. Money-Smith.
We may toss personal hygiene and other practical concerns out the wayside in college, but we can’t let our current drive overcome our need to deeply ponder our impractical, larger concerns as well, right now.
But at a time when mental health is on everyone’s mind, the inefficiency of Harvard’s meals may just be what students really need.