Someone please stop making Harvard students get summer jobs

15 Jun

Today I’d like to propose an addition to my “probably unconstitutional law ideas” list, the first of which involved jail sentences for frivolous, money-hungry lawsuits. My newest proposal is to enact a temporary deportation law for any American exhibiting an extreme lack of worldly perspective. In other words: to force culture upon our country’s silver-spooned brats.

The first offender would be Harvard alum Joshua Kushner, who has started a nonprofit loan program that hooks Harvard undergrads up with private loan donors so they won’t be saddled with the horrific injustice of working in college. Which is fine, I guess. But then:

“I have friends who would spend 10 hours a week when they are not in class working at a coffee shop or in the dorms,” said Mr. Kushner, 24, referring to time that he considered wasteful. “I think the most special thing about college is not just what you do in class, but what you do out of class.”

I’m all for entrepreneurship, but the work that Kushner considers “wasteful” just so happens to be “necessary” for the vast majority of college students. But you already knew that, because you live in the real world.

My probably unconstitutional law would result in this spoiled twat being sent away to a third world country and having to live amongst the poor people — just for a couple weeks, this being a fairly minor offense I suppose — to experience how non-rich people live.

It may not do any good, but I think we’d all feel much better.

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4 Responses to “Someone please stop making Harvard students get summer jobs”

  1. roughkat June 16, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    I wish someone would have made me leave the country for an extended period of time back in college. I’m always jealous of people who either studied abroad or just spent some time overseas. I support your new proposal.

  2. A.B. June 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Didn’t MTV do something similar when they sent kids from “My Super Sweet 16” to go help poor people?

    For what it’s worth, I, too, support your initiative.

    As a side note, doesn’t working while in school help one prepare for working after graduation? If you have only gone to school and never held a job, aren’t you less qualified for career life than your peers who have done both?

  3. BreAnne June 17, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Ten hours a week at a coffee shop?? The horror!

    This guy wouldn’t even need to go to a third-world country for his reality check; I’m sure he could find plenty of non-Ivy League students who are working 40, 50, 60 hours a week just to put themselves through college. And most of them don’t get that special “out of class” experience. The idea isn’t a bad one, it’s just targeted at the wrong people. Seriously, he might as well just call these Party Scholarships.

    Sorry for the soapbox rant, but having worked special admissions at a higher ed institution has given me perspective on how hard people are willing to work to make positive changes in their lives, and I feel that people like this Joshua Kushner character take away from what the true meaning of an education is and what it can do for people.

    The End.

  4. Laura June 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    He worded that terribly but what he said doesn’t necessarily reflect lack of social awareness. This is all about upper class values. Working class believes that working earns money. Upper class believes that it’s secondary.

    The latter belief is instilled into Harvard students, a majority of whom are financial aid students new to the system. Ten hours a week can be valuable, but are wasted if you spend them keeping a job that doesn’t move your large scale ambitions along.

    Value: invest time, don’t spend it.

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