Here’s a bit of advice: don’t invest tens of thousands of dollars a year into something that you don’t understand, or into a project that you don’t know what you want to do with. The university system in America is experiencing a phenomenon in which students will enter into it, not because they know what they want to do, but because it is the thing to do.
State schools are plagued by people who go off to college, don’t pay much for tuition and don’t give two flapjacks about what they garner for their education. I would suppose they don’t even have a basic understanding of what one should do with an education.
Everybody talks about the Butler Way. It’s associated with Men’s Basketball, but I argue that is only the tip of the iceberg, the most visible part of a system that fights the drone effect of the university system.
Common held belief: you go to college in order to get a better job. If that’s the case, then you’ve already succumbed to the drone effect. A university is not a trade school: one doesn’t go there just to learn how to work. It’s not about the end, but the means. The Butler Way is named so to emphasis a mode of lifestyle, a path that we all seek to take that rises out of the muck of everyday living and takes us into the sublime, the intellectual, but more importantly the communal.
From the Volunteer Center to Greek Life, volunteer opportunities are available everywhere. It’s no longer a requirement, as some high schools boasted. This isn’t about meeting some arbitrary requirement. It’s about living a life that is magnanimous, productive, and sharply witted. (And again, insert iceberg metaphor here).
We’ve asked Why. Now ask How?