Recently, a blog post was..well..posted, about the differences between main campus and branch campus attenders, all of which. The following post is my response to that article, which can be found here:
I’m dating a DBK. For those of you who are unaware of this classification, allow me to rephrase. I’m dating a young man who attends a branch campus of Miami; Middletown to be exact. He likes MUM very, very much. Loves it, even. It’s evident in the way he defends Middletown, the way he speaks of his fellow students. It’s wonderful! I’m a full advocate for branch campuses, and I agree with him that there are tons of stigmas against individuals who attend said campuses. Since entering this relationship, I’ve learned just how wrong my own ideas of the average branch campus attendee were. (See link above) They are real people, getting a real education, and for that, I applaud them. They’re just like me in a lot of ways. The difference? The cost of their education, the place they live, and the size of their campus.
There’s a few things, however, that I believe are assumed about main campus students that are incorrect, as well. Here they are:
1. All Oxford kids are rich, snobby, spoiled brats going to Miami because they didn’t get into private ivy league schools.
How do I know this is false? Visit the corridor in which I live, and you’ll understand. There are plenty of us who come from households with a very average income. We are all incredibly privileged to attend Miami, but for a lot of us, it’s just as difficult coming to school to get an education as it is for those people going about their “daily grinds” and attending a branch campus. Sure, there are plenty students who wear Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer, Sperrys and Longchamps, and these students may very well be the most visible. But there is so much danger in assuming that all of them are the same! On top of that, I find it rather unfair to assume that all students are clones. As I write this, I’m wearing a red men’s flannel and Birkenstock sandals sent from God. Is this “normal Miami attire”? Not even close. Many of my clothes are bought at a thrift store, and I will readily and eagerly explain to you my love of thrifting. Not all Miami students are stuck up pricks. Some are. So are some students at Harvard, MUM, Colorado State, and every other college or university across the nation.
2. A main campus education is exactly the same only more expensive.
Yes, it’s more expensive, but there are plenty of studies and national awards to prove just how worth it it can be. I’m NOT saying that a main campus education is more valuable than a branch education. All Miami diplomas say “Miami University” – it’s all the same. But there’s an experiential factor that plays into the value of a main campus education. Living on campus has been incredibly influential in my experience thus far at Miami. A lot of the time, I absolutely despise being on campus all day every day. The amount of sin that stems from being surrounded 18-22 year olds at all times is vast. But I wouldn’t trade all the comparison, sorrow, doubt and anxiety that I’ve experienced for anything in the world. Why? Because I love Jesus infinitely stronger than I did before I experienced campus life. I wouldn’t have seen much of the darkness I’ve seen if I commuted or went to a branch campus. This darkness forced me to cling tighter to the Cross than I ever thought possible. Sure, my parents are paying much more for me to live on campus (and for that, I am eternally thankful), but to me, it’s worth it.
3. All main campus students think branch students are stupid and poor.
If this were true, I wouldn’t be dating David Noble, now, would I? There is a completely different dynamic between branches and the main campus. I understand that completely. But I can say confidently that though some main campus may hold this mindset, it is not, by any means, the general consensus. I love branch kids!
All of that being said, here’s some scripture:
If it weren’t a sin to add my opinion to the Bible, I would rewrite it to say:
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slaveg nor free, there is no male and female, there is neither DBK (dirty branch kid) or COK (clean oxford kid), for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
So there are my thoughts. Branch kids and main kids, UNITE!