Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Childhood is Calling Me Back

I'm graduating with my Bachelors of Science in May. While I am super excited to graduate, I can't help but wonder, "how the heck did I get this old?!!!!" and "what am I supposed to do with my life now?!!" These questions mostly rest on the fact that I do not feel like an adult. I've been through some life events that I always thought would mean I was an adult, including voting, having my 21st birthday, paying rent and bills, going to college, making my own meals, etc. And yet, I still don't consider myself an adult. I do adult things, and the government views me as an adult, and yet I don't feel grown up. Does that come with a real career or perhaps marriage and kids?

I feel like a giant kid living on my own--which definitely has its perks because the more grown-up activities I do (like work and bills and holding my tongue) the less I want to be grown-up. I wish I could go back in time and slap my little child-self for ever wishing to be a grown-up. Being a kid rocked: I got to play all the time, school was easy, I had recess, there was no work, I got a bedtime story and got tucked into bed every night, and my mom took care of me when I was sick (One of my most horrible life-experiences was when I got the flu my freshman year of college and my mom wasn't there to take care of me. I felt like I was dying, and my roommates couldn't have cared less!), and there were no hard, life-changing decisions that I had to make. Bottom line: I wish I could be a kid forever (actually a kid-adult hybrid because certain adult privileges like driving and no curfew would only enhance the eternal childhood that I'm envisioning).

Dave Barry has a quote that says, "You can only be young once, but you can always be immature." So, even though I look like an adult, and begrudgingly do some adult tasks like laundry, I can always be immature to ensure that I don't ever fully become an adult. Granted, this is not a totally original idea as many others also appear to be following this path back to childhood through immaturity.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stupid Signs and Slogans

Its rush week at my university. Normally, I could care less to see all of the hand-painted plywood signs that sprout up all around campus. Granted, they are a tacky eyesore, and I do have some issues with the Greek system, but usually they don't bother me. Not this year though. This year the signs are particularly stupid, and thus something that I cannot simply overlook. The members of Greek system have been stereotyped as stupid, and this year it looks like they were trying to prove that stereotype to be correct.

One sorority in particular has a new slogan: "Lucky to be in Alpha Phi." Really? That's the slogan you picked? These girls PAY every semester to be in your sorority, I don't think that luck has all that much to do with it! This is like saying that having to pay a speeding ticket is lucky! I guess that all of the cash I dropped on textbooks and tuition and rent this semester has made me one lucky girl!

Another sorority decided to post this on one of their signs: "Keep your friends close and your sisters closer." I didn't have a problem with this at first, but having passed it daily for the past three days, I've decided that they are advertising that the 'sisters' are actually enemies (the word used in the real saying that they've stolen from because they lack all creativity), which I guess is a very real possiblity since girls can be very catty, and living in the same house and going after the same guys could make them enemies (or I guess the new term is frenemies ;) ). But why they thought that advertising that their sisters are catty and backstabbing was a good idea is beyond me.

The first sign that really got my ire up was for a fraternity. The sign states, "In 1776 all men were created equal, in 1869 that all changed." I'm just going to pick on their word-choice right now, although I do take exception to their implication that being a member of their fraternity makes them better than other people (especially since I've met several of these 'brothers' and know for a fact that its not true.). While it is true that in 1776 Thomas Jefferson penned the immortal words, "all men are created equal," those words did not create equality, they just stated that men were created equal, which means they were created equal from the time of Adam, not since 1776. I take this error to be ironic seeing as how the fraternity, on the same sign, implied their superiority-and yet at the same time, by this error, were able to show their inferiority.

This may seem nitpicky, but these sororities and fraternities are advertising for new recruits-and I for one have definitely been negatively impacted by these signs and would not be able to join up with someone who is associated with such stupidity, and while I am pretty neurotic and nitpicky, other people who are are actually potential pledges might have these same opinions, and so the Greek system should take extra care during Rush Week to not appear as stupid as they usually do during the rest of the year.