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A call to college kids and grads: Leave the ‘college bubble’ behind

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From the time we’re freshmen to the moment we take that exciting walk across the graduation stage, most of us—or many of us—live on our college campus. That campus provides food (albeit sometimes unappetizing), shelter, convenience stores, friendships, extracurricular activities and schoolwork in excess. Really, it’s a self-contained environment. We don’t necessarily need a reason to leave campus, because everything we need is within reach.

This is the “college bubble,” as I deemed it four years ago, as I entered into it myself, and its effects are dangerous—it has the ability to turn almost-impressionable students into complacent humanoids who do no more than what is immediately expected of them. This is their routine:

Wake up (late). Get ready. Class (will probably skip). Lunch. Class. More class. Homework. Practice. Dinner. Homework (will definitely skip). Friend time. Sleep (eventually). Repeat.

There is no life outside of these aforementioned activities. There is very little interest in careers, state/world news or anything that does not revolve around the perfect “going out” outfit or the coolest frat’s evening shenanigans.

Please know that this is not a slam to students.

Instead it is a call to wake up and realign that vision for the future, because there is life outside of college, there is real life past your weekend plans. (It’s also a message that I’ve pondered for weeks, ever since God laid it on my heart.)

It’s time to take things seriously.

Two years ago, before the 2012 presidential election, I was on duty as a resident assistant in my college dorm room. I was in my room with my door open and television turned on. The tv volume was not blaring. Even so, one resident, while walking to her room, stopped by to talk and blatantly asked, “Why do you always have C-SPAN on?”

It took a lot of effort not to giggle, honestly. First of all, it wasn’t C-SPAN, and second of all, the question was ridiculous in itself because, hello, the election was less than a month away.

And that’s when it first hit me: We’re trapped in this bubble, but we don’t even realize it. It’s not so cool to have a political alignment in college. It’s kind of weird to have opinions outside of which chair I want to choose in research methods class. But why?

When did it become so bizarre to care about bigger issues (i.e., the world)?

We often do not take time to stop, look around and see what’s happening around us, especially while we’re in college and learning to do the whole “adult” thing. If it doesn’t immediately concern us, it doesn’t matter, right?

In some cases we’d only have to turn on the tv for a few minutes, just to catch up on the day’s events, but students don’t even do that much.

What’s even worse, graduates are stuck in this indifference, too.

ICYMI:

Why it took Obama so long to address his no ISIS strategy comments
CNN Politics

Conflicting signals? Obama vows to ‘destroy’ ISIS, make it ‘manageable’
Fox News

Lost in America: Visa program struggles to track missing foreign students
ABC News

U.S. confirms authenticity of second journalist beheading video
The Washington Post

Video shows panic in Liberia as man wanders out of Ebola clinic
New York Times

Of course this is only a small piece of the pie (e.g., conflict in Israel, Putin wants Ukraine, U.S. border crisis); nonetheless, these events are concerning.

We need to open our eyes and get involved, guys—not continue in indifference—because we are the next generation. We’re not “kids” anymore. It’s time to learn, step up and inform others.

 

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out. —Proverbs 18:15

 

Love,

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