Immaturity is a disease

Alyssa Mitchell

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Immaturity is a disease that plagues people around the world and even here in our front yards.

On Nov. 6 someone who has not been identified thought that it would be a good idea to throw an egg at my campus apartment door. While this may have been just for laughs and giggles for them, it made my roommates and me extremely angry and slightly afraid for the climate on campus. You would think that this kind of thing wouldn’t happen on a college campus, but we’re very wrong. While most people grow out of their immaturity, some decide not to.

Not only is it completely immature to throw eggs at someone’s house, but it’s also illegal. According to egging, someone’s house is considered vandalism and the person can be charged with criminal mischief. If the damages exceed $750, the vandal can also be sentenced to jail time.

College students are usually between the ages of 18-25. This should mean that they have a specific maturity level. They should be motivated to do their classwork, attend a job, be a part of an organization and grow as a person. Their mentality should shift to being a better person, not throwing eggs at their peers’ doors.

According to Tim Elmore from Psychology Today, a mature person’s decisions are based on character, not feelings. This idea fits in with the campus’s core values, specifically when it comes to students’ “emotional and physical well-being, mutual respect, civility, cooperation, social justice and having a safe campus.” Not only did this person not have respect toward my roommates and me, but they made us feel unsafe in our own home.

Tim Elmore elaborated on this in his article, “Mature people—students and adults—live by values. They have principles that guide their decisions. They are able to progress beyond merely reacting to life’s options, and be proactive as they live their life. Their character is master over their emotions.”

According to Tim Elmore, there are seven signs to look for in a mature person.

  1. A mature person is able to keep long-term commitments.
  2. A mature person is unshaken by flattery or criticism.
  3. A mature person possesses a spirit of humility.
  4. A mature person’s decisions are based on character, not feelings.
  5. A mature person expresses gratitude consistently.
  6. A mature person knows how to prioritize others before themselves.
  7. A mature person seeks wisdom before acting.

The person who thought it was a good idea to throw eggs at someone’s house obviously falls short on these points. I hope that they mature in the coming days, months or years.