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"What a Man Loses in Going to College"


"Oh, he'll be all right after we get some sense knocked into him." This is the sentiment, expressed in one form or another . . . in which the hard headed business man holds the young college graduate. . . . He avers it as his experience that the callow youth just out of college will attempt to advise about the running of the business the first week of his employment. That is why the young graduate gets, at the outset, the hardest and dirtiest and least important jobs about the establishment. It is this attitude, too, that impels many business houses in seeking college men to prescribe "none but those who have worked their way through college." The one who goes to college enters or rather continues in an artificial environment. He becomes engrossed in student activities which have about as much connection with the real world as a wart on the end of the nose has with vision. The average college man defers and temporarily sacrifices that association with older people and that intimate contact with concrete issues which are absolutely essential in making a man out of boy stuff. He would be spared much of delay could he have a clear understanding of his peculiar limitations before he enters the real world where he is to live. It is not difficult to make out a bill of particulars. The college student is characterized by a fine and lofty indifference to everything outside his own personal affairs and the activities of his own college campus. He affects peculiarities of dress and manner, . . . wants to be seen and heard, whereas the successful man of the world moves about inconspicuously. He is still the center of his own world. This is what makes him . . . "an opinionated little cuss." He is as full of argument as an egg is of meat. He lives on slang. . . . There are two remedies. . . . One is a frank and outspoken attitude . . . addressed to the student, to the end that he discover antidotes to his limitations. The other, and the most effective, is . . . a full year of employment between high school and college.0

E. Davenport--Saturday Evening Post

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