How High-Pressure Parenting Undermines Character Building

Writing recently in the Economist’s bimonthly cultural magazine 1843, Ryan Avent reflected on the intense, achievement-focused parenting style that has become so prevalent among America’s upper class. Fueled by the sense that (a) college admissions have never been more competitive and (b) attending the “right” school has never been more important to one’s future success, … Continued

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Be Like Library Man

A cellphone video recently uploaded to YouTube, which has been viewed over 750,000 times as of this writing, proves that heroes don’t always wear capes. Sometimes they come in button-down shirts and nerdy eyeglasses. The video opens on a band of University of Washington student protesters gathered in the school library, reportedly about an hour … Continued

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Should College Students Be Suspended for Sending Stupid Emails?

Will any college male athletic teams be available to compete by the end of 2017? Last month, Princeton became the latest in a growing list of universities to suspend one of its teams as a result of sexually explicit emails sent among team members. “The behavior that we have learned about is simply unacceptable,” the school’s … Continued

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Forgive and Forget – But Not with Student Loans

At seventeen years old, while applying to college, I had a fairly one-track mind: I was going to my dream school. I applied to one other school that had a relationship with aforementioned dream school, so that if something went wrong with my application, I could always easily transfer to dream school from the school … Continued

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The Backpack Challenge is a Cry for Help from Students

As Americans prepare to travel to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, they should do everything possible to avoid participating in the latest viral Internet trend: The Backpack Challenge. After the relatively laid-back tone of last week’s Mannequin Challenge, the Backpack Challenge seems especially harsh. It involves students lining up in two rows facing each … Continued

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More and More Students Think They’re Oppressed

College students are losing their minds. According to the new annual survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, released last week, the two top complaints that send students to the counseling office—anxiety (47.3 percent), and depression (40.01 percent)—have remained fairly stable for several years. But the survey saw an uptick in … Continued

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Why High Schools Are Getting Rid of Valedictorians

According to a recent article in The Washington Post, American students today are unmotivated and apathetic about their schoolwork, and teachers actually care more about students’ grades than the student. Teachers are expected to make lessons more engaging and fun, and to serve more like entertainers than old-fashioned teachers. One teacher went so far as … Continued

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When Buzzfeed Writes About Your Student Loan Debt… Expect Trolls

To my great excitement, Buzzfeed recently featured my alma mater, Meredith College, a small women’s college in North Carolina. My Facebook page was filled with comments from my college friends eager to share the story. The article highlighted theater major, Maigan Kennedy, who instead of the normal senior photo decided to have some fun and took … Continued

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An Antidote to College Admissions Insanity

It’s that time of year — when high school seniors find out whether or not they’ve been accepted to the college of their choice. The bizarre lottery that is college admissions these days (The Atlantic recently called it a “frenzied, soul-deadening process“) has generated a fair amount of cynicism about acceptance letters. The children of the elite, … Continued

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Is Emory University Creating More Trump Supporters?

You have to wonder whether Trump supporters at Emory University feel “safe” now that their political preference is considered hate speech. On Monday morning, students at Emory woke up to find “Trump 2016” scrawled in chalk across their campus. Outraged, a group of 40 to 50 students barged into the administration building while chanting “We … Continued

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