James De Groot Speaks: Male Student Loses Apprehension for Masculine Identity

Monday, October 8, 2012 1:25:00 AM

By James De Groot

(What’s it like to be one of the first group of men to enroll in CSC? Only a man can tell us, as does James DeGroot, senior and history major from Norway, Mich.)

Speaking as a member of the male minority, I must admit that I was very apprehensive about entering CSC. This apprehension was caused by many factors, but the number one factor was the ratio of males to females. After attending an all-male school for the last seven years, I was worried that my system might not be able to handle the traumatic change.

To add to all of my doubts, I was told (way back in August) by a senior girl that, if I enter CSC, I will be entering a “den, full of hungry women.” However, after completing two weeks of school and never having been attacked once, I’ve lost all my apprehension.

Praises Courses

Another reason why I’ve lost this doubting attitude is the fact that the courses measure up to those of any male liberal arts college, mostly because the girls here have not assumed a submissive role to the male as has happened in so many colleges…

Thirdly, the professors here are down-to-earth people, who can easily be approached. The student-teacher communication seems to be very good, although I wonder how big a part the students have in helping to make the policies of the school.

Finds Numerous Activities

Fourthly, the extra-curricular activities are numerous, giving each student a chance to take part in some activity of interest. If a student sees something lacking as far as extra-curricular activities are concerned, that student will gladly be given a chance to introduce a new growing experience into the school. Therefore, I cannot understand why someone should complain that the activities are too limited.

Fifthly, everyone is always ready to lend a helping hand to someone else. I am not saying that this is a charitable utopia, especially since I, myself, and some of the other men noticed that there seems to be a lot of tearing down of people behind their backs. Nevertheless, the general attitude of the school seems to be to try and help each other.

In short, all the positive factors found here express a philosophy of education within which I can work best. To grow, a person must be able to self-actualize, and CSC, being the small school it is, gives each of us the chance to self-actualize.

(Courtesy of University Archives)