College is about the fucking education (and potentially alumnae/i connections as well) and really, Smith has some damn fine edumucation to offer.
Financial aid from the government is available to many who need it, and one of the advantages of going to prestigious schools is that they have prestigious alums who leave large endowments, so you can often minimize the amount of loans you take out. Also, need i bitch about people who need their entire lives to pay off their loans because they’re not financially responsible? I am amazed at how many people order takeout, rent movies, etc. and then complain about their tuition bills. Then people graduate and have this high standard of living so of course with all these expenses they’re not gonna be able to pay more than the minimum on their student loans, whereas if they kept their standard of living down (roommates, carpooling, not going out to eat, etc.) they could pay off their loans much more quickly. I’m not even gonna start on adults who max out credit cards.
The extreme conservative bias in this piece does not help the author either. << “simply foolish ideas (e.g., men and women are essentially the same; Islamic and Christian fundamentalists are moral equivalents)” >> There are valid arguments to be made about lots of issues involving higher education, but if you appear to have an extreme bent (to either side) i’m not gonna be terribly inclined to respect your arguments.
Smith is surely one of the more liberal of the liberal arts colleges, but a complaint is that the English department focuses too heavily on pre-Civil War literature, that mostly we just study British writers, basically that we get the Dead White Male canon. Some professors will tell you that Shakespeare was gay, sure, but there’s hardly a pervasion of post-modern nihilistic thought.