I’m Special!

February 27, 2007 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

This morning, I’m completely fascinated by two things:

1) this article that I read on Yahoo! news, and
2) the GPS units that we got from Garmin yesterday.

The article talks about a just-released study that claims U.S. college students are more narcissistic today than in the past.  Apparently, these researchers have been having college students respond to statements like, “The world would be better if I were in charge,” and, “I think I’m a special person,” for the last 25 years.

The most telling part of the article, perhaps, is when a college student says something like, “It would be depressing if someone thought they weren’t special.”


I find myself caught in the middle.  On one hand, I do think every person is unique; you only need to know a little about genetics to understand that.  On the other hand, I also know enough about the world to know that really, in the big picture, I’m probably not going to leave a big hole when I’m gone.  And frankly, I admire people who work hard and find success with an “I’m just an ordinary person” mentality than I do those who “make it” with a “Look at me!  I’m special!” attitude.  (The article talks about that kind of outlook being helpful for things like auditioning for American Idol, but maybe not so much when it comes to forming relationships with others.)

But then again, look at me!  I’m writing a blog for all the world to see.  And look what I did in the previous paragraph:

…in the big picture, I’m probably not going to leave a big hole when I’m gone.

I qualified my statement with “probably”!  I’m leaving room for the possibility, however remote it is, that I’ll star in a movie based on my career or win the lottery or otherwise become famous beyond my wildest dreams.  Somewhere deep down inside, on some level, I must believe that there are people out there who are actually interested in what I have to say – I’m assuming I have an audience.  What an assumption on my part!  Yet it’s an assumption that is generally characteristic of the students I teach – the Millennials.

I think confidence is a good thing.  But I don’t agree with the college student who believes depressing if someone doesn’t think they’re special.  Humility isn’t bad!  It’s not showing weakness – it’s recognizing that there are 6 billion or so other people out there who are just as unique as you are.

On a lighter note, Garmin donated 8 GPS units to our school!  You can read all about it here.  We’re going to take some staff members out geocaching on Friday to show them how it’s done.  A very interesting development will probably come of it, but it’s slightly hush-hush at the moment.  🙂  Can’t share!

In that same vein, there are several things happening in my life right now that I’m not at liberty to discuss.  It’s nice to be trusted with secrets!


Entry filed under: Blogging, Current Events, Millennials, News, Technology.

I Heart Unfair, High-Stakes, Standardized Tests Teach it because you have to, not because it matters.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. musingsfromtheacademy  |  February 27, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    I think you are being trusted with secrets because “you’re special.” 🙂

  • 2. theothersideofthedesk  |  February 28, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    You know what? I bet you’re right!! 🙂

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