A campus of self-entitled twerps
Ah, generalisations. Almost as odious as comparisons. It would probably have been fairer to title my piece "a campus of some self-entitled twerps".
Sadly, however, the latest piece of genius thinking to emerge from Tal-Qroqq – courtesy of Anonymous Student, does it get any more hilarious? – is pretty symptomatic of the attitude of quite a number of today's particular brand of students.
The same students who, not to put too fine a point on it, appear to be a bunch of wusses. Apparently, being cocooned in an array of smartphones, tablets and laptops - while still somehow emerging from university barely literate - was only the first step towards achieving official "spoilt brat" status.
Now, the tax-paying public also gets to put up with complaints that "lectures are excruciatingly boring". All this because a lecturer dared pull the plug on in-lecture Facebook browsing via email, if you please.
I can just picture the scene of devastation: "Oh noes, I can't like the latest inane comment posted by some chick or other. Call in the folks from Amnesty International, quick!"
When I first wrote on this blog that our university is producing a bunch of dunces (read whole post here: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120316/blogs/the-dunces-of-europe.411392) I was taken to task pronto.
Shame on me for daring criticise what has become the typical students' self-entitled mentality. And shame on me for pointing out their non-endearing habit of pulling a Ptolemy, thinking that everything revolves around them and their needs.
What price indignation now that we're faced with the ridiculous situation of students behaving like kids who want to pay back their parents for punishing them? Lecturer takes away your toys? Simple – publicly call him out as a boring old fart and it's sorted.
Here's some news. Those who go places don't do so by stamping their feet and blaming a poor attention span on their lecturer. Those who go places do so in spite of the "boredom" of a particular lecture. And they certainly manage to get there even without their laptops.
More news. Boredom is an integral part of life, deal with it. Maybe your parents forgot to point out the fact that once you hit sixteen - sometimes even before, if you're particularly unlucky - life tends to switch mode from perpetual roses to part awesome/ part crap/ part sheer ennui.
Well-adjusted adults who can function in society rise above it. Others whine, pull tantrums and blame their lack of drive on lecturers or on the absence of Facebook, Tumblr and Miniclip.
Our bored student needs to re-think his definition of pathetic. Pathetic is a very appropriate description indeed, but it's not the lecturer's offending email that I have in mind.