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.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Support (it's not out there yet)

Even though I feel that this topic concerning the excess of alcohol and binge drinking is widely known about, I don't think that it's being sufficiently talked about or has nearly enough eyes focused on it as it should have. In order to change and create safer drinking conditions, this subject needs more support from young, college age students!
Yes, there are very important and volatile things going on in the political, international, and especially financial worlds right now, but that still does not change the fact that college age kids and the generations after them are being adversely affected during some of the most important developmental stages of their lives, both mentally and psychologically. Think about it: each generation of college students will eventually take over for those political, international, and financial leaders that currently run the world. Isn't it better to think about the long term health of the world? The long term health of our student populations and the ones to come after us? Even if we come out fine in the end, is it worth the risk in the first place? Again, I will emphasize that I do not have a problem with drinking in moderation, but I do think that excessive drinking leads people down roads and lifestyles that they otherwise might not have found themselves in.

I was just surfing the web looking for similar blogs on similar subjects, and they do exist. There are actually quite a few of them, but when I check to see what they say, how many followers they have, how many people comment on the subject, and who they are. Here are a couple things that stand out to me.

  • 1) Nobody follows these blogs. There are hardly any page views and even less comments to boot. These people have a passionate topic, but no support. They either don't try hard enough, or don't have a sufficient number of people, especially students, behind them.
  • 2) Most importantly, many of these bloggers and other people who have criticism for our generation and our age group... they're either older people telling us how to do things, or they do not consciously tell people their age, and we have no idea how old they are. They could be disgruntled parents, deans, teachers, professors, kids, quite frankly, they could be anybody. Just look at the list of blogs: http://www.google.com/search?tbm=blg&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1052&bih=709&q=alcohol+college&btnG=Search&gbv=2#q=alcohol+college&hl=en&sa=G&gbv=2&tbm=blg&source=univ&tbs=blgt:b&tbo=u&ei=l2u0Toz-MOTniALx-alk&ved=0CDAQ-Ag&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=44eaab8c14888b01&biw=1052&bih=709 It goes on and on. Fairly anonymous blogger after fairly anonymous blogger.
    • But I have a different approach. I'm 20 years old. I'm going to be a sophomore in college next year, and I'm currently taking a year off. I know what it's like to be in college right now. I know what the social scene is like, and I've participated in it. I've done these things, and I want to see a lot of our generation get behind this movement to end that kind of environment. To really get inspired to stop the binge drinking and the pain that it causes us and our peers, even if they are not aware of it. I'm not some stuffy old guy or current dean or professor who's bashing on students for their parties and habits. I'm one of you. I'm a student who's been to my fair share of parties and seen what college has to offer, and I want to stand up and say, as a current college student, that there is a serious problem, and we, as students, need to do something about it!

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