Wow… This says everything I have ever wanted to say on the subjects of individualism and entitlement so succinctly and beautifully. This is the approach that I take when I need to work with others, and I learned it from my mother, who is a junior high science teacher. My parents raised me with the mentality that being special does not mean not needing to work, but simply that my strengths are different from the strengths of others, and so I will need to work with others. Great post!
University has typically been referred to as a privilege. This is true, especially in the age where a girl can get shot for wanting to receive an education. The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) of UCLA surveyed thousands of “college freshmen” (for those who are not American, “college” refers to both university and college students) on their perception of their own abilities.
Many described themselves as exceptional.
A 2006 study from CIRP showed that modern college students are more ambitious, leading to an “ambition inflation”. This is a more eloquent way of saying “the bigger something is, the harder they’ll fall”. A quick example can be drawn from some American Idol contestants and the shock registered when a judge says that the contestant isn’t their cup of tea.
To be fair, going to post-secondary education (PSE) does require ambition. When I applied to university, I was ambitious to embark on…
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