<The 10th English Essay Contest>
Campus Culture and Anarchy
By Kang Bo-ram (2nd winner)
Thinking about our campus culture, the first thing that will flash through almost all university students' mind will be the "Drinking Culture". Also, I used to think in that way, too.
As a matter of fact, I don't enjoy drinking. Actually, I want to, but I can't drink alcohol. So when I first entered this university, I couldn't adapt myself in the new environment. Whenever people got together and whatever they did, they all seemed to end up drinking. At first, I tried to drink and would fall unconscious till the next morning. But soon I realized that I couldn't stand it. So I started not to drink at all and whenever I was in those "drinking spots", I had to feel guilty and be sorry for not drinking. Day by day, I was slipping away from the whole campus life. I only went to school to attend classes and then I would meet my old friends who I could be comfortable with, even without drinking.
But actually, thoughts that drinking culture is the whole of our campus culture is a prejudice. If we think in this way, the whole campus culture can be nothing but an "Anarchy". It was proved to me as I participated in an Exchange Program with Sapporo Gakuin University which is located in Hokkaido, Japan. My participation happened incidentally, and the next thing I knew was, that I was also in the center of "Campus Life". I learned many things through it and I found out the reason why I always thought the whole culture among young people as a big anarchy. It was because I didn't try to find out exactly what there is in our campus culture. For example, there are many clubs and programs we can join but most students regard it as a bother or they think they are not suitable for them. Also all relationships between seniors and juniors or professors and students are very important but some students don't care about it. These things are all parts of our campus culture.
I think we shouldn't be absorbed just in drinking and amusement, instead we should find something worthy to do. If we don't have a goal to carry out and just spend time meaninglessly, that can be nothing else but an "Anarchy". After graduation, when we look back to our university days, nothing but "drinking" will come across our minds. But on the other side of all this, there is another world. I recommend to look closely into everything around us. Don't think in advance that campus life is based on drinking. Then you'll have bias against it and probably try to fit in the drinking culture. Just get over your prejudice and turn to another side. Seek for something to do positively. Even if you think that you're not interested in anything, just try something! You are sure to find something you can really enjoy.
When "Drinking Culture" and other activities are combined, our campus culture can finally escape from the "Anarchy".
Kang Bo-ram firstname.lastname@example.org
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