We at Deerfield are often reminded, by both the administration and by student leaders, of how sheltered we are. This criticism, however, is too often exclusively applied to our lack of knowledge of current events.
I began work as a bartender on my gap year expecting the job to be easy, but after my first week I’d spilled more drinks than I’d sold, made countless mistakes with the tills and broken several glasses.
And I admit my failure came as a surprise. By Deerfield standards, my grades, college prospects and (admittedly single) varsity letter made me out to be the most qualified person on staff; however, my boss, possessing none of the above, was infinitely more valuable behind the bar, pulling two pints at a time while chatting with customers and never spilling a drop.
As students, we acknowledge the need for certain rules to ensure the safety and well-being of the student body. It is clear that the Academy’s policies on drinking and drug use exist to serve this purpose.
Boys and girls are different. You need not be a geneticist, biochemist or anatomist to observe and qualify that fundamental fact. Indeed, the sexes are an exception to the rule that all members of a species have the same genes (just different alleles, or versions of genes).