A Narrative of the Captivity of the Average College Student
The Sovereignty and goodness of GOD, together with the faithfulness of his promises displayed, being a narrative of the captivity and restoration of the average college student. Written by the hand of the average college student, for their private humor, and now made public at the desire of other average college students, and for the benefit of the average college students college loans.
On the 16th of September, came the college recruiters with great numbers upon different cities, their first coming was about junior year of high school, hearing the noise of sold dreams. They came and sold dreams about a better life and financial freedom. They took the students that had earned high SAT and ACT scores, there were five students taken in one house; carried away alive. Thus these money hungry recruiters, went on recruiting and promising empty dreams.
I am an average college student, they came and beset our own classroom, and quickly it was the “littest” day I saw. A year and a half later I arrived to my next destination, a college campus. A city foreign to my own, it was freezing cold and I wasn’t prepared. The scenery was dead, the first thing I had witnessed was the cows everywhere. About a mile we went that night, and we ended up at the dorms. I asked them whether I could have my own room, which they refused. Putting us into rooms with 3 other average college students. Oh the screaming, and singing ,and dancing of the other college students in their dorms. Not everyone made it out of that first year of college, those were the 7 academically dismissed by the system. They were dismissed in a barbarous way, now owing the university thousands of dollars.
They said we were sentenced to 4 years in this system, but it wasn’t always 4 some other average college students were sentenced to up to 6. Years would pass and the loans kept coming, adding more time to your sentence. Even if you were able to leave you were shackled to the institution. In the past I had often before this said that if college recruiters should come, I should choose to reject their advances and their promises of a better life. But my mind quickly changed when they screamed their promises of financial freedom and a better life. I chose rather to go along with those (as I may say) money hungry college recruiters, than that moment end my days in a town where better lives weren’t promised. And that I may declare what happened to me in those 4 years at the institution.
I chose “the Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” by Mary Rowlandson herself because I felt like this would be the perfect piece of literature that could resonate with modern times. College Institutions could be considered modern day captivity because we are brought here from different ways of life and different paths to the same place. Everyone leaves everything they find dear behind and comes to a new place to start over. Students are promised the opportunity of creating a better life but they never add how you risk being in debt for many years to come. My imitation covers how I view the average college student, after talking to many people about their experiences and also my own I thought this parody would be the most sensible for me. I attempted to follow the style of writing in the texts but tried adding a modern touch to it. The reason I started my story in 11th grade is because I feel like as college juniors we are pressured to apply to different schools with the hopes of if you get in you will create a better life for yourself. After getting into UC Merced I was very naive about what was to come next, at times I did feel trapped in this new life. Merced was very different from where I grew up and was familiar with but the thought of going back was no longer an option for me. Another reason that made me want to write this imitation was because I feel like at times the university doesn’t necessarily let students know what they are signing up for. As a first generation college student I oftentimes felt more trapped because I didn’t feel like the counselors really helped. A lot of people see college as a scam so I thought that writing in the point of view of an “average college student” would be humorous but yet as real as I could be. I used the “average college student” as a way to show how that’s really what we are viewed as when we step foot at the university. There’s so many of us that at times not everyone knows your name, they just know you as another college student. I felt like writing in that point of view allows other people to resonate with me. Finally, I felt like this specific text was the one that I could relate to most because although it hasn’t been to such a literal sense as a college student I did feel to the system captive at times.
– Eugenia Brumley