About Me

My name is Spencer. I'm 23 years old, and I'm a junior at Princeton. So far college has taken me five years. I've taken time off to work, transferred to USC and come back, and learned a lot along the way.

I like to think about life and what I'm going to do with mine.

I've met a lot of people my age with the same sorts of thoughts so feel free to read, take surveys, and comment.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Work hard, play hard

At the school I go to, the main mentality is work hard and play hard. People work their asses off in class and to relax, they go out to "get fucked up and hook up."
I have no problem with alcohol and parties, but what I don't quite understand is the need to have everything in such excess. Why do people need to get drunk? Why do they want to hook up and have meaningless sex with a classmate they probably don't even know that well? I guess that on some levels it does feel good to just let loose and not care about anything, but why is the focus always on letting go of self control and just partying hard? Can't someone relax and not care about anything without drinking and hooking up? In my opinion, to work hard in class and on the practice field (if you play sports) is tiring enough. But to go out week in and week out, staying up late and drinking would just burn me out.

I've heard that college is supposed to be the time of our lives from many, many people. Is this what my parent's generation was talking about? I can't help but believe that things have changed quite a bit since then. As for how the current college culture came about, I can't yet say. I do know for sure, that it's prevalent across all campuses (with perhaps a couple exceptions), throughout the media, and my generation is completely engulfed by it.

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