Xander’s College Life – Chapter 7

Non-superiority complex 

College is reaching a milestone: the first major break since the beginning 3 months ago, coming up in less than 24 hours! And its about time too; it’s been insane the past week, and I’ve lost virtually ALL my motivation for anything (including getting up for classes).

While shooting for the 4.0, I’ve learned that getting good grades is fairly easy–study, work and it’s do-able. But KEEPING them is a wholly different–there’re SO many ways to falter academically, simple mistake, not studying enough, sleeping through a midterm (mleh… that was stupid). But so far, I think I’ve been spared from failure…

Which has made me complacent–and really REALLY slack off lately. But whatever–where am I going with this? Oh yea–I can’t wait for break !

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There’s funky stuff on the Facebook; for those who don’t know, facebook is like… there’s no way to describe it; its a HUGE mm… database of college kids; you can add friends in your college, other colleges; see your connections with people, join “groups” make groups, etc… I figured it would die like a fad at first, but by constantly improving, it seems to have managed to carve a considerable niche out of college online time.

Facebook FrontpageThe front page of a person’s Facebook

Facebooked4Here’s an example of a Friend visualization, showing who’s friends with who (from your school only, though seeing the connections from other schools would be cool too!)

Anyway, back to the funky stuff: I’m in a lot of groups, like “Caffeine Lovers!”, “Future Procrastinators of Tomorrow”… and then there’s the “Napervillians” check out this hilarious group description:

This is the premiere group repping Naperville at U of I. NaperVillains is simply about being an elitist in all ways, popping your collar, and oppressing the middle class. For guys, it’s about being good at everything and being spoiled, because every girl in your high school was ridiculously hot. For the ladies, it’s about being a perfect blend of intelligent and attractive. Furthermore, it’s about always getting what you want, never losing at anything, and expecting good things to happen to you.

Haha—that just completely represents the stereotypical “ Naperville ”. BTW being a HUGE Naperville population on campus, there IS an image out there, and this group just plays off of that with fun humor, and there’s about 140 members (yours truly included). Yes of course it’s all true~

What’s funnier, it all prompted some folks out there to create an “anti-Naperville” group! And these guys I can’t tell how serious they are, but here’s their description:

This is the anti Naperville group. Just look at what they said on their group:

“This is the premiere group repping Naperville at U of I. NaperVillains is simply about being an elitist in all ways, popping your collar, and oppressing the middle class. For guys, it’s about being good at everything and being spoiled, because every girl in your high school was ridiculously hot. For the ladies, it’s about being a perfect blend of intelligent and attractive. Furthermore, it’s about always getting what you want, never losing at anything, and expecting good things to happen to you.”

What is that? Incredibly lame. You people are cool and all, theres alot of you that are nice, genuinely good people. The thing is, your general town just makes itself look like the movie American Beauty. Rich republicans, nice cars, great athletic teams. You don’t have to rub it in. What makes things worse is that when they congregate, they start bashing their own townspeople and talk about their Naperville Soap Opera drama. Listen, NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR TOWN, YOUR DRAMA, YOUR NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS, YOUR RESTRAINING ORDERS, OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH NAPERVILLE . The truth has to be said.

Amusing, no? There’s also a “ Naperville sucks, sucks”; and a “ Naperville , sucks, sucks, sucks the most” but those are just stupid. People can post messages on group sites, and here’s MASSIVE props to Walter for his scalding comments on the Naperville sucks group, observe:

im the homeless guy who sleeps outside of barnes and noble. but, because i live in naperville , i still turn my nose up to you uncultured pigs. pfwah, ignorant non-napervillians, you’ll just never understand our infinitely superior culture.

 

Yea! You show em uncultured, non-naperville pigs! Haha—point being, fun stuff online, people need to get a sense of humor.

But speaking of superiority… after reading Albert’s Xanga, I realized that I do have some form of superiority complex, and often I feel that I am better and more entitled than the average UIUC kid. And really, I wouldn’t mind feeling stupid and being okay with it once in a while. I’m not saying that I dislike what I can do, contrary to that, I think I need to be MORE thankful of the gifts I have. The AAIV-LC taught me that. Being humble next to your fellow mortal and not offended is a gift that I have yet to discover.

And hopefully, I won’t have to go to Harvard to discover that. To gain a nice sense of respect and reverence for everyone, regardless of whatever standing they might have. No actually, to completely stop being so judgmental—really, who am I and what do I have to gain by thinking myself better than others? If that’s my motivation, to prove myself better than the dudes next to me, I still have a lot of maturing to do. Hopefully, selfish competition can go out the door ASAP, and I can truly begin to live for a higher cause.

As for the Napervillian club, lol—I think I’ve come to terms with the 3% or so of the population we make here at UIUC. And well, it’s not the worst thing in the world .

I WANNA GET OUTTA HERE!!!!!!


  • I’m first!!!

    I heard you were coming back for thanksgiving :(. I wont be here.

    Facebook is insanely cool 🙂

  • haha.. yeah you dont notice how “rich, republican, spoiled” naperville is until u leave it
  • chapter 7? are you chronicling ur college career? anyways. can’t believe that visualization up there o____o wow.

    l.li

  • haha i should start a naperville club here. only we’d have about 10 ppl at most.
  • Dude, all those non-napervillians are just jealous of how cool naperville is. Yup.
  • lol, no matter how much we complain, there’s a bit of naperthrille in all of us
  • HAHAHA…hilarious. Take THAT non-Napervillian “pigs!” XD XD
  • mmMm ::dances to Xanga song::
  • haha, take that image, multiply it by 5, and make it real = lake forest, except the ridiculously hot girls try not to mix in any intelligence and our teams suck more than anything except for country club sports like golf or tennis
  • I’M PROUD OF BEING A NAPERVILLIAN!! I HELPED WIN STATE!!! :-d
  • OH, hahah and i’m not rich or republican!