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Best preparation for real world? Villanova's culture for kindness

On February 21, 2017

Though our university prides itself on being an incredibly kind and supportive community, some are cautious of a culture that can be “too nice.” Surely, our intentions in our politeness warrants reflection, particularly if it is used to avoid productive dialogue, but when it comes to teaching empathy and compassion for others, the Villanovan community deserves some credit. Whereas students at other top universities are prepared for the “real world” by valuing competition and ruthlessness, Villanova emphasizes Augustinian values of truth, unity and love. Villanova teaches empathy, thoughtfulness and respect. Though some may think that we, as Villanova students, are not as well prepared to face the “real world” because of this niceness, we would disagree. We have the potential to bring a light and positivity to society because of this education. We leave Villanova ready to find the best in other people and look to replicate this friendliness in the communities we live in after our college years. Therefore, we urge you to not take our University’s approach lightly and utilize the values that are too often taken for granted post-grad. There is a beauty to our compassionate and understanding way of thought and action. 

However, we should always be wary of becoming blind to the injustice that occurs just outside our campus. We need idealism and optimism more than ever if we are to fix a community so broken by division and systems of oppression. These ideals have worth and we must never forget that.

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