Mr. Lemire, I Am Earning My Degree
“They give you your undergraduate degree because you complete the requirements; they give you the graduate degree because you earn it...the campus life to which you became accustomed in college (naked beer slides, panty raids, destruction of property) doesn’t exist on the postgraduate level” (Lemire 45).
I am afraid I have another bone to pick with Mr. Lemire. I usually agree with our readings, I don’t know if I’m in a bad mood or what here. But regardless, I have two problems with the quote above:
1. His insinuation that undergraduate students do not earn their degrees.
2. His comments on the wild behavior of all college students.
Now, I do not doubt for a minute that graduate school is much, much harder than undergraduate school. And I don’t have any problem with Lemire saying that graduate school is harder. However, I do not like the way he says that it is. It is a bit much to say that undergraduates do not earn their degrees. But even more offensive to me, is his assumption that all college students do such things as vandalize or get ridiculously drunk. Lemire does not say “the campus life to which some students are accustomed,” he acts like every single college student does that stuff. College is just a big party he seems to be saying. Well, I don’t know about all college students, I am sure some do that stuff. But I certainly don’t. I work hard; I certainly do not destroy things or get drunk. In fact, I spend more time doing work for my seven classes than I spend doing anything else at all. I do not appreciate Lemire’s insinuations that college is all fun and games and that we are not earning our degrees. I realize he is just trying to make a point that graduate school is more difficult, but still, he does not need to do so in the way in which he does.