Can You Dig It?

by Kelsey Delmotte, SUNY Cortland, November 13, 2008

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Sometimes when I walk around the Cortland campus; the looks I get make me feel like I accidentally left my pants at home.

Although we like to pride ourselves on our top academic standards, our attitude could use a little work.

After college, most of us will enter a world where we don’t know anyone, and will be on the bottom of the totem pole. We will meet people who are unlike anyone we have ever met, and will have to learn how to make friends in a place where everyone is on different levels.

I would like to think that while in college most people would make an effort to embrace every kind of person that is available to them. But it seems that a lot of people at Cortland have a generally judgmental, miserable attitude.

I am so tired of going to my 9 a.m. class and hearing the following conversation:

Guy 1: Hey man, what’s up?
Guy 2: I’m so tired.
Guy 1: Yeah, me too.

It’s 9 a.m. We’re all tired. Wait until you get a job and your boss needs you to stay late and come early. He won't care if you’re tired, and neither will your co-workers.

So mellow out Cortland. Life is fabulous. Don’t be afraid to wake up, rub the sleep out of your eyes, and smile at a stranger.

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