A friend was reading the book Rebekah Nathan’s My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student where she discusses levels of apathy amongst students that just shocked her. This was especially true towards academic events. At the same time, the author of Freakonomics came to speak at Colorado College and there was another lecture within the same month which both drew 20-25% of the student population - both on weeknights with sporting events competing for student attention. Her comment was “apathy? I think not!” And I would have had to agree with her except that I’ve gone to four schools and the other three do seem to suffer from the apathy that Nathan describes.
We’ve come up with several ideas to explain the differences, but were hoping for more input.
Specifically, we were wondering about different types of schools and what the apathy level is like.
To explain the question a bit better... the school that doesn’t suffer from apathy is one of the top 30 private schools in the country while the others I’ve been to have included a community college and two OK but not great public schools. So, we were thinking that maybe the ability to get into the private school could account for some of the difference which lead is to want to know what the apathy level was like at some of the higher rated state schools.
Big long winded post for me to ask simply, “how competitive is it to get into your school, and, do you think the student body is apathetic and difficult to get to go to extra curricular academic activities?”