Not wasting anything

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2002

I am only in my first semester of secondary education, and in the words of Ken Dunker, my mind is still mostly "mush." This in mind, I still know how to speak, and I hope you will listen. The words of the young should not be so easily discounted. I agree that my experience is limited, and I also agree that it could distort my vision. However, I know I am not blind.

There is so much I could say about Mr. Dunker's reply (Nov. 12) to Chris Behnke's column (Nov. 10), but to keep this short I am only going to address the most ignorant part. The part that shines a light on everything that is wrong with "American values," and in the process, hopefully I can answer his question for Chris. I know that it must be tiring to read yet another piece written by a student with less than 20 years of experience and a brain of mush, but please, it is not long.

Ken, in your closing paragraph, you ask Chris why in the world he is attending a university if not to ensure his own "material wealth." This solidified my opinion of you. You're a cookie-cutter American, proud of our heritage, proud of our actions, and dead set on getting your piece of the pie. Sound about right? This article was sent to me by my parents and I got it at the perfect time. Just the other day, I was sitting cross-legged in my dorm, having a pseudo-intellectual conversation with one of my hippie college friends, about why we are going to school. We decided that there were two reasons most people would go to school: 1) so it would be possible to get a good job and make lots of money when they graduated; 2) To expand their mind, and in the process, become a better person. It's all about what you value.

Personally, I am at school for the second reason. I did not pick my major because I can get a good job with it when I graduate. In fact, I don't ever plan on becoming a chemist. How stupid of me! Why am I wasting four years of my life working toward something that won't ensure a rich happy life in the suburbs? The way I see it, I'm not wasting anything. When I graduate, with a degree I will never use, I will be a better person. I will be more informed, and I will have the credibility needed to make a difference. The credibility needed to persuade people like you and Art. Maybe I will never be as rich as you, but that doesn't bother me. Who I am will always be more important than what I can buy.

Trevor Kirchhoff

University of Nevada

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