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In the columns of our esteemed humorous contemporary, Freshmen are ordinarily pictured as careless and irresponsible, while Seniors are dubbed dignified and hardworking. Yet it seems to us that fully as many men are shiftless and ineffective in their last College year as in their first. After three years of undergraduate work, most Seniors have their degrees within easy reach. They have tried the athletics which attract them, and unless they have already "made good," their natural tendency is to drop out of further competition. This same disinclination to undergo any additional work is equally true of other lines of endeavor; scholastic, literary, and dramatic.
The primary reason for this apparent disregard for College affairs and activities by Seniors is the widespread desire "to have as much fun" as possible during the last year of student life. Such an attitude is not surprising. The average Senior feels that he is to start his real career after graduation, and that then he will have to work and work hard. Many Seniors have been energetic during their first years in College. They have made their friends and their place in the class. They regard life very much as does a middle aged business man, who after having achieved success, retires from active work to spend the remainder of his days in idleness and recreation.
This attitude, which arises from the fact that to the undergraduate mind the very real connection which exists between College and life work is obscure, has unfortunate results. Seniors by reason of longer experience are of more value to various College organizations than are underclassmen. Also, this "faineant" attitude of Seniors and the habits that inevitably accompany it render more difficult and more irksome the transition to the life of real work which for most of us will follow graduation. To obtain all the enjoyment possible out of College is laudable, but it is unfortunate that this desire should result in a self-centered and idle existence instead of one of broad, public-spirited good fellowship and earnest endeavor.
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