"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.
From California to Missouri to New York, structural oppression exists in every educational institution across the United States. It cannot be placed on a handful of people making prejudiced comments or simply pinned on outwardly racist, sexist, classist or homophobic actions. Systematic oppression is reflected in both the explicit actions of some and the implicit actions of many.
It must be easier for conservative columnists to fret about those crazy students instead of focusing on the intellectual wasteland sprouting from what was supposed to be their think tank driven "revolution of ideas." These writers are aghast that students from groups long discriminated against aren't just grateful to their institutions for allowing them on campus.
I never studied English because I knew it would secure me a high-paying job, but because I love reading and writing. Which, as it turns out, are pretty useful skills when it comes to searching for a job. Next time someone asks you "What are you planning on doing with your English degree?" you'll have your answer ready: "Whatever I want."
My best advice for any college student (especially freshmen) is to explore, to figure out who you are by deconstructing who you think you are, and to have an intense passion for what you do. These four years can be lost in the mix of making others happy or they can be an enlightening experience for yourself.