The New York Times joined the media conga line on exploring why college students are committing suicide.
That would be bringing back the "C" student as the ultimate cool. Those "C" students used to "own" life on campus, organizing the social events, dominating athletics, getting the pretty girls or well-put-together guys and not falling apart after graduation.
Most importantly, as conventional wisdom predicted, it was the "C" students who went on to become the bosses of the "A" students. They were not adrift like the guy in "The Graduate." That's because when the "A" students were doing excessive studying, the "C" students were experiencing real life and learning from it. In the process they developed high Emotional Intelligence and figured out how to navigate life's victories and difficulties.
Come Orientation, the end of August, for the incoming freshman class at colleges across the nation, the "C" students should be showcased as role models for getting through all that alive, within four years, and with good jobs within nine months of graduation.
Keep those with high-stress objectives such as getting into Harvard Medical School or an internship on Wall Street in the background. Eventually those extreme strivers can be positioned and packaged as Whatevers, not the core of what college is about.
What is college about? Answer: Growing up. That's hard work. And youth is not putting in enough effort if they impose the tunnel vision of conventional forms of success on that experience. Over and over again, our society is witnessing the tragedy of conventional success being snatched from those in the legal, journalism, and energy sectors.