I’ve found my peers here to be generally smart and impressive. But, like me, their insights and accomplishments are not constantly breathtaking.
As the Class of 2016 prepares to graduate, we’re all asking ourselves this big question: Are we going to be special? And if we define success as specialness, will we be successful? …Well, probably not.
Every other article in The Crimson is about this kind of topic.
Oddly enough, the cesspool of data, cat videos, porn, and Yahoo Answers known as the Internet has accidentally spawned a debate platform that combines peer-review, live debate, and social interaction.
If Harvard really wants us to make a positive difference, it cannot simply tell us to do so.
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.