The only thing more ridiculous than a liberal arts student is someone who believes a degree will prepare them for the job market.
NOT LOVE POETRY.
So of course he gives me the one satirist who also wrote this:
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot;
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind,
Each prayer accepted, and each wish resign’d;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
Obedient slumbers that can wake and weep;
Desires composed, affections ever ev’n;
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft to Heav’n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp’ring angels prompt her golden dreams.
For her th’ unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of seraphs shed divine perfumes;
For her the spouse prepares the bridal ring;
For her white virgins hymeneals sing;
To sounds of heav’nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.
LOL fuck this shit.
This is what I want to show all the assholes in Oxford/Amherst/other elitist communities in the world who immediately want to talk about ignorant, uncivilized people when anyone so much as mutters “Georgia” or “Iran” or the name of any other region that encompasses poor, rural areas.
There are cities everywhere, and in all of these cities there are masses of smart young people interested in style/fashion/other mediums of expression that so many elitists have tried to claim for themselves.
This image is from a 1658 picture book by Johann Comenius called Orbis sensualium pictus. It is followed by the text:
The Study, 1.
is a place where a Student, 2.
apart from Men,
addicted to his Studies,
whilst he readeth Books, 3.
Might I point out:
Hey, lady! I’ve been meaning to write you since I saw your reblog. I also got into Amherst through QuestBridge and don’t you worry—you’ll be fine. Don’t for a second think that economic affirmative action fights for less smart kids—it just fights for kids who are less confident in their own bullshit. (That’s a harsh blanket statement, but I mean it.) So in that respect—academic confidence—you might have some catching up to do (we haven’t been groomed like the New England prep school kids were…and there’s a lot of them at Amherst). But you’ll be just as smart as them—and more often than not, you’ll have more interesting thoughts than them.
Now that I’ve said my ‘us against the world’ spiel…treating the more privileged kids as ‘others’ is the easy route. I fell into that trap my first year at Amherst, and I’m only now figuring out how not to keep separating students into ‘had it easy’ and ‘got here on their own’. There’s a lot of kids at Amherst who never had to take as much initiative as we did…and a lot of them are still unique individuals whose friendship you’ll feel lucky to have. When you start to tire from their out-of-touchness, it’s good to have friends from different walks of life, too. I highly, highly recommend making friends with some transfer students. Two of my best friends at Amherst are transfer students, and they’re two of the most amazing, interesting people I’ve met in my life.
So, I hope that answers #3. As for #1, yes sorry. And for #2, it’s cold as fuck.
Can’t wait to see you next year!