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September 04, 2007

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Anna S

I was fortunate enough to live at home during my years in university. It made all the difference in the world to me; I felt my life was so much more in order than some of my fellow students'.

Shana tova!

Emily

I've always thought this American thing of living on-campus was a little weird, we don't really do it in my country, only about maybe 2% of students will live in university housing/colleges. The ones who do give me little reason to recommend it! It seems to be a combination of being infantilising (most of your day-to-day shelter, food, financial needs taken care of, just like with mom-and-dad) and licentiousness (well, the bed-hopping while everyone turns a blind eye) and complete insulation from the concept of 'consequence'. Growing up, moving out on your own and supporting yourself is a great experience.

Ann

I was lucky in that I immediately found friends who were into pretty much the same lifestyle as I was - no drugs, minimal alcohol if any, saving sex for marriage, etc. A lot of what I saw was very shocking to me because I attended a religious university (saw most of the bad behavior in high school, unfortunately). Is it just me, or does it seem like older and older people are exhibiting these same characteristics of not growing up? I pray for the young people entering the American university system, or, as I often call it, the liberal brainwashing factory that used to be our higher educational system.

Jane

As a current university student at a large school, i still believe i am getting one of the best educational experiences available anywhere on the planet. if its a "liberal brainwashing factory", its the best one.

Batya Shevinsky

Ann, it's not just you! New York magazine ran an article documenting the phenomenon of adults pursuing an indefinite adolescence. The headline reads:

He owns eleven pairs of sneakers, hasn’t worn anything but jeans in a year, and won’t shut up about the latest Death Cab for Cutie CD. But he is no kid. He is among the ascendant breed of grown-up who has redefined adulthood as we once knew it and killed off the generation gap.

See below for the link to the full article.
http://nymag.com/news/features/16529/

Sara

Distribution of "prophylactics" as you call them (is it immodest to say "condom" now, too? or were you trying to use a big word to sneak that part past your readers?) has nothing to do with normalcy--it's a matter of public health. If you don't want one, don't take it, it's as simple as that. But honestly, I'm pretty sure helping halt the spread of STI's is much more important than preventing a little squeamishness on your part. Deal with it.

Emily

Sara, I don't think anyone here is opposed to condoms in general, but rather to the distribution of them to people who haven't asked for them and possibly don't want or need them. Having them available is one thing, but pressing them on people ("Here, you're in college so you'll need plenty of protection for all your sexual encounters!") is different.

Caitlain

Interestingly, I've been in college (two different ones, in fact) going on 5 years now, and have yet to have the first condom "forced" on me.

As Sara suggested, if you don't want one, don't get one. It is not hard at all to just simply ignore people and situations that don't agree with your philosophies, even at college. Most people do it all the time, and don't whine on ad infinitum about it going on. If what's taking place bothers you, ignore it. Seems simple enough, really.

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