Exceptions make the rules

“We are all exceptional cases. We all want to appeal against something. Each of us insists on being innocent at all cost, even if he has to accuse the whole human race and heaven itself.”

-Albert Camus (1913-1960)


As time unravels in the semester, students at the University of Alaska Anchorage punch away at keys in the computer lab, dig through research materials in the library and stuff their faces with Subway in the Campus Center cafeteria. Rounding the fall halfway point has many in academia anxious for spring, clenching the Spring 2002 Class Schedule tightly, contemplating over what courses they need to take next.

Freshman take General Education Requirements to discover what educational track might be interesting. The same applies for many sophomores, juniors and seniors, but it gets to the point where a decision must be made on what course of study a student plans to pursue. Be it philosophy, biology, creative writing, English or journalism and public communications, whether a career is intended or not, a degree is necessary to make the time, money and effort put into college worthwhile.

Driven and motivated college graduates generally want to jump into their field of choice in full swing and offer the world something new and unique. Albert Camus asserts the positive statement that everyone is an exceptional case and wants to appeal against something, or as I understand it do something new, innovating and provocative.

Biologists in graduate school meticulously undergo thousands of experiments to hopefully make a new discovery regarding human genetics. An aspiring journalist, fresh out of college, wants to get a hold of the latest and greatest story working or interning for the Associated Press. Whatever the case may be, many want not only to be good at something, but also desire to be the best at what they do, even if it means stepping on someone else to achieve that end.

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Within a social Darwinist rat race, the pressure of competing forces can be overwhelming when it comes to sincerely pursuing individual dreams or careers. Regardless what subject or specialized field one might participate in, there inevitably will be counter energies and forces. Unfortunately constructive criticism, positive suggestions, tips and pointers sometimes get lost in the mix of destructive or blatant criticism, mockery and subjective bias.

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Camus states that everyone will claim their own innocence at all costs even if accusing the entire human race and heaven in the process. The profound and deep quote by Camus holds real and apparent implications to the everyday hopes and ideals of everyone, including college students, college graduates, graduate students and working-class heroes. To manifest oneself in a career might mean hdaving to weed out the competition by asserting judgments, biases and self-proclamations about everyone and everything in their environment.

One would like to contend that there is enough room and enough pieces of pie to go around so that everyone has a place and something to eat. Maybe that isn't the reality, but would be seemingly more pleasant.

Nonetheless, students reaching for a degree at UAA with an ideal and mindset of being an exception to their major and giving their absolute best could topple endless achievements throughout their careers.