college & cries for help

My roommate walked in to my apartment the other day and said “I crossed Briggs (a street on campus), and genuinely wanted to get hit, ‘cuz then I wouldn’t have to finish this lab notebook, like, kill me now…”

I laughed, and she went into her room to nap instead of do her lab notebook, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was some part of her that actually would rather get hit by a car than do her schoolwork.

I’ve seen a lot of posts on Twitter and Tumblr saying similar things, and I get that it’s a joke and those people probably don’t want to be run over or shot in the face or something, but it’s the principle of it – students, on some level, would rather be dead than suffer through school.

“I crossed Briggs (a street on campus), and genuinely wanted to get hit, ‘cuz then I wouldn’t have to finish this lab notebook, like, kill me now…”

College has always been hard and stressful, but according to Psychology Today, students’ stress levels are higher than ever. One article even compares students’ stress to that of a insane asylum patient in the 1950s.

I’m not going to rant about how I think college is unreasonably stressful sometimes, and I’m not going to complain, either, because that’s gonna do jack shit, but I think it’s worth noting that our generation – the one that’s, like, supposed to be leading the world soon or whatever? – is fucking struggling, and we need help.

If students would rather be dead than do their lab notebooks and students don’t have time to blog or hammock or whatever else they enjoy doing because they’re so swamped with schoolwork, then some changes need to be made. Our society needs to re-priotitize what’s important, and I don’t know about you, but one’s happiness is a lot more important than forcing students to bullshit a lab notebook for no reason. (Prof. Francis, if you’re reading this, Leah isn’t gaining anything from doing her lab notebook. Maybe give her a break?)

college & cries for help

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