I thought I was a hard-worker…Then I met her.
Erica Molfetto does it all; senior journalism student, recruitment chair in Alpha Omicron Pi, intern at Scripps school and Admit.me, editor for The New Political, and somehow finds time for a relaxing margarita. Her stories of adventures transport listeners to the streets of New York City where she witnessed Jesse Tyler Ferguson and drag superstar RuPaul celebrating same-sex marriage. Molfetto has earned multiple internships and awards for her work in Scripps College. She teaches life lessons such as the importance of education, self-confidence, and the importance of a perfectly mixed whiskey sour.
Do you have a friend that never stops moving? They are always on the move to their next class, meeting, interview, photoshoot, or rehearsal? It makes you exhausted simply watching their day-to-day busy lifestyle, and creates a stark contrast between students; the hyperactive and the not-so-active.
But why does this type of personality stand out among students? Shouldn’t people be as active and hardworking as Molfetto? An article from “The Massachusetts Daily Collegian” wrote that American college students are becoming lazy and noticing less in life. “With larger numbers of students receiving higher education, it has become the cultural norm to go to a university and thus those who do ‘may not be as study-orientated,’ but rather may be attending a university because it is expected of them,” said UMass student Kathryn Tolley for the article. Another theory is that students are involved less in life events due to the rise in technology. It is rare to enter a classroom without seeing students’ eyes glued to their phones, laptops, or tablets. There are even articles such as the wikihow titled “How to be a Lazy College Student.”
Becca Pennington, previous Alpha Omicron Pi chapter president, remembered her adoration for Erica during recruitment. “She was always on the move, one-hundred percent positive, and excited about our recruitment,” she said. “I wish we had more people like her in our chapter: you don’t find that kind of energy and optimism much anymore.”
For others, Molfetto’s lifestyle is admirable but too far out of reach. “Erica’s fun to be around; she always has a story to tell and is excited about something,” said Shanti Epp, friend of Molfetto’s. “Honestly I hope children grow up to be like her!”
David Anderegg is a child therapist who wrote an article discussing American children and the laziness trend. To back up his thesis Anderegg sought Thomas Friedman, an economic columnist for the New York Times. “American kids don’t work hard enough, and someone has to tell them to get their asses in gear,” said Friedman. “Motivation is weak because more students (of all races and economic classes, let it be added) don’t like school, don’t work hard and don’t do well.”
Students are skipping scholarship applications because they are too long. Staying home to Netflix and chill because they don’t want to go outside. Personalities like Molfetto’s are becoming a dying breed in a world of lazy 20-year olds. “No matter where you go, there will always be a threshold between those who are motivated and unmotivated,” said Molfetto. “I’ve seen countless people ‘coast’ through their undergraduate degree without overextending themselves…which saves room for people who want to be involved to actually get involved.” That being said, she continues her answer: “I cannot cite anyone by name that I would qualify as unmotivated, lazy or defiant…overall college is a huge commitment and a lot of work no matter what you’re studying, I wouldn’t say students are becoming lazier. Just different.”