Treated like a Child

By JAMES MCMILLIAN

Contributing Writer

What does it mean to be a child? At first, many would think of childhood innocence. Others might think of the trouble they caused just trying to “test the waters.” When I think of a child I think of parental control. I imagine the act of always having someone looking over your shoulder trying to make sure you are on their destined path. This is precisely the way I feel here at Piedmont College.

I love going to Piedmont College, and I do not want to offend anyone, but I feel, along with many other students, that I am treated like a child. There are many moments when I look around and see the same atmosphere that was evident in high school. I hate when people look over my shoulder. It is not that I care if they see what I am doing; it is that the school should not be concerned with what I do in my spare time. There are a few simple steps the college could take to be less controlling. 

The first major step involves an end to visitation hour restrictions. Why does it matter if the opposite sex is in my room or any other individual’s room? Piedmont should not be concerned with who I spend my time with and at what time I spend it with them. Someone once asked me what I felt about the new visitation hours. I replied, “It’s a good step forward, but students broke them once and they will continue to break them. Just get rid of them.” I do not wish to offend anyone. I have no problem with anyone’s sexual orientation. But, I find myself questioning why it is OK with the school to have two homosexuals room together, but a person of the opposite sex can only stay between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

There are many things I wonder about, and I don’t like having double standards. Some things need to be thought through more.