- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 25, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Millennials at Brown University have officially gone off the deep end, now comparing their social justice work to full-time jobs and requesting special treatment from the university.

Their ridiculous requests include excused class absences and assignment extensions.

“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism they are taking on,” an undergraduate student at Brown University told the Brown Daily Herald.

Apparently, this student and others at Brown have been too busy pushing their leftist agendas to remember why they are in college in the first place.

“When faced with the decision of completing activist work or studying for an exam, students sometimes feel obligated to choose the former,” Liliana Sampedro, Brown University sophomore, told the Herald.

Miss Sampedro further expressed displeasure with her professor’s refusal to grant a week extension on a research project that she claimed she was too tired and hungry to complete after her student activism efforts.

Welcome to the real world, Miss Sampedro, where assignment extensions and excused absences will not be given when you are too tired from volunteering to go to work or meet a deadline.

“Many involved with campus activism encounter mental, emotional and physical stress while trying to balance their academic and activist responsibilities,” the Herald reported.

And, while stress is certainly understandable for a busy college student, it is important to keep in mind that these students were not forced to become student activists.

In the words of Miss Sampedro herself, Brown students were “faced with the decision,” and they chose social justice work over their schoolwork.

These students cannot have their cakes and eat them, too.

If they choose to not go to class after participating in a protest, there is no reason they should be awarded an excused class absence.

There are dedicated students out there who attend classes, even when they wish they could use their time for other activities.

These students spend their time in the library, working hard to meet deadlines and produce quality work.

Crybaby, extension-requesting, class-skipping student activists, it is time for you wake up and accept the fact that you cannot have it all.

Your actions are not without consequences and your education and your future just might be at stake next time you choose activism over school.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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