Being apart of this generation has given us all a unique perspective on school. Can you imagine writing a research paper without the help of the internet? Back in the 1940 and 50’s, college was a completely different ballgame. The United States was a completely different place, almost other-worldly even. It was the dawn of the civil rights movement, women had only been voting for 30 years, and the doctor gave you his opinion on what brand of cigaret you should smoke. Even outside of this oh-so-far away land, attending a four-year school back then had many of the same challenges we face today, along with a few others tossed in for good measure.
In today’s tech-savey world, you can easily forget that information wasn’t always so readily at our fingertips. Try and explain the Dewey Decimal System to your average college freshman today, and watch as in the blink of an eye your voice becomes radio static. Try typing a paper without spellcheck, oh and do you know what “auto-correct” was? whiteout and a long frustrating night. Ill admit I wouldn’t switch places with a college kid from 1947 for all the fries in Paris, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have mad respect for these scholars of yesteryear.