We have sunken into a mindset where youth is our prime, and if we don’t achieve success during our prime, then we have missed our one critical chance to “peak” in life.
The distorted societal, economic, and political perceptions are artificial but pervasive in nature, creating barriers to the liberal arts. Reevaluation of the social classes' role in forming and sustaining their perceptions is crucial when we advocate for liberal arts educational accessibility.
I remain conflicted because, of course, I want to personally sound as smart as possible…but, in modifying the way I talk to fit the norm, I’m further reinforcing the dichotomy between the way the “educated” and “noneducated” speak.
When we try to slip back into these previous patterns of existence, we jut out like misfitting puzzle pieces. Our lives are split into two halves, and somewhere along the way, there emerges two of us.
Duke prides itself on its commitment to “interdisciplinarity,” but often its approach to doing so can be narrow-minded, and still operates on the mindset of using art to “humanize” or “popularize” STEM endeavors.
Here’s the funny thing, though: the housing changes brought about by QuadEx prevented me from continuing to live with this same group of friends I made as a freshman two years ago.
Cancel culture is concerned more with how we should disregard the artists and write them off when they make mistakes than on how those mistakes can be used by the artists to create art that is inclusive.
Instead of perceiving crying as a weapon against our ego, we must conceptualize it as a vehicle of vulnerability, one that allows us to form stronger connections with others by revealing an emblem of our shared humanity.
It’s sad that people make acquaintances with goodbyes and have to proudly call it maturity.