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LETTER: Freshman limbo to be cherished;

Published: January 28, 2005
Section: Opinions

To the Editor:
In response to the college maturity article from last weeks issue (College not the holy grail of maturity, page 3), I would like to provide another argument on the topic that college students, at least in my observation at Brandeis, are dysfunctionally immature.

The claim that college students are more immature and ignorant than high school students may not be completely untrue, but is at least a generalizing judgment. As far as students being ignorant, I think the term was misplaced when th focus was mainly on immaturity. While various forms of ignorance are around many campuses, including our own, I would not call them specific to the college student, but rather a problem that is worldwide, and far from age specific.

On the argument of college immaturity, I think one needs more than four months of observation to determine maturity, particularly in freshman quads, where it is reasonable that students fresh out of high school have not transformed into adults yet.

In fact, I think this is a time to cherish our time in this limbo between adolescence and adulthood. College life allows you to be a responsible adult in class, at work, as the leaders in clubs around campus, etc., while maintaining a charm more common to your youth with friends in the more relaxed settings of your day.

I agree that we should be in the practice of acting more maturely as responsible adults as we age, but college would not be nearly as fun if we had to jump right into adulthood, at whatever level of maturity is most acceptable.
And as far as laundry issues go, we all learn from our mistakes.