Today is move in day on campus. The freshman have arrived and upper classmen arrive tomorrow. The campus will come alive now. There will be 25,000 students roaming the campus. Thousands of Millenials are about to start the adult portion of their lives. I hope they are ready for the immense challenges that await, left for them by the Boomers.
A stroll along Locust Walk will make even the most horrific commute bearable. It feels like college as you walk under the trees, surrounded by 200 year old buldings. Ben Franklin founded this school.
Of course, Ben would be shocked if he walked along Locust Walk today. Back in his day white men ran the show. They’ve pretty much run the show for two centuries. As you observe the students on Locust Walk today, you realize that white men will not be running the show for much longer. First, women make up almost 60% of students in college. Secondly, international students make up 40% of our graduate class. Locust Walk resembles downtown Beijing.
Based on how bad white males have screwed up the world, it may not be a bad thing. One thing is for sure, this isn’t Ben Franklin’s Penn anymore. I think our kids should learn Chinese before its too late.