A Letter to a Young Man Leaving For College

20 Oct

I wish you wouldn’t go.

I understand the opportunity to learn and experience a new life is like a siren song, beckoning to you. The excitement of meeting new people, learning new things, going to see different places… I understand and remember how that felt back when I was young.

Things have changed now.

When once you could be assured of the freedom to express yourself in a place of learning, that right has been taken away from you. Before you can learn anything in your chosen field, you must succumb to repetitious classes full of toxic propaganda. You will be taught that the rights of others will come before yours. But even though I can prepare you for that gathering storm, no one can prepare you for the maelstrom that socializing has become.

For your own safety, do not approach any women. It is no longer a “he said/ she said” world in academia. It is now a “she said” world, and your voice means nothing. You have no defense, no rights, nothing but the stigma of one person’s accusation against your character. And that is all they need to pass judgment upon you. Do not approach any woman, because that can be used against you as an act of aggression. Do not offer any help, because that can be used against you as an act of superiority. Don’t look upon them, because that can be used against you as an act of shaming. Until you are free from that stifling world of ivory towers and gender bending, don’t get involved with anyone. Instead, concentrate on your studies. Your future depends on it.

And maybe even your life.

Best regards,

A concerned mother.

6 Responses to “A Letter to a Young Man Leaving For College”

  1. MCPO Airdale October 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    I “Liked” this for the writing and the advice. It is so scary out there for young men. I wish him well and hope he avoids the binge drinking and hook-up culture.

    • LC Aggie Sith October 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

      He doesn’t care for drinking much, and understands the perils associated with it. And he has come to realize that “hooking up” is an evul thing. I have that going for me πŸ˜€

  2. John DuMond October 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    I’m glad I went to college back when we were still allowed to have fun.

    My youngest is in her sophomore year of a Jesuit-run school, so the indoctrination aspects probably won’t be as bad as they could be. Also, she’s a nursing major, so her coursework is more science-y and less of the fluffy-headed liberal arts and social sciences (like her dad majored in). πŸ™‚

    • LC Aggie Sith October 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      She’s your kid, so she is level-headed anyway πŸ˜‰

  3. Patricius Augustus October 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    I am glad you wrote this…I was trying to think of how to tell my son this without seeming like a bigger jerk than he thinks I am.
    Unfortunately it is too sad and too true.

    • LC Aggie Sith October 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      Tell him I told you to tell him. You are just the messenger πŸ˜€

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