No, Ivy Mom, College Is More Than Putting a Ring on It
Donna Brazile joins critics of motherly advice in letter to school paper
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Donna Brazile joins the brouhaha over a letter a Princeton mother wrote to the school newspaper urging female students—"the daughters I never had"—to make sure they find their future husbands on campus before graduating. Gee, writes Democratic strategist Brazile at CNN, if only that letter came out when she was in college 30 years ago, "perhaps I could have avoided the costly mistake of focusing on what makes me come alive and then pursuing it for a living."

She could have skipped all those "pesky classes" and "instead concentrated on designing my hair, makeup, attire, and personality to create the perfect man-catching machine." Sarcasm over, Brazile also wonders how wise it is to ask a 22-year-old to lock down a mate so young. Click for her full column. Or read Susan Patton's original letter, which the Daily Mail has in full. Or her response to the media frenzy it created, in the Huffington Post. (There's too much focus on advising young women how to succeed professionally, she argues, and not enough on how to do so personally. "Honestly, it was intended as little more than honest advice from a Jewish mother.")

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fractal
Apr 3, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
You may be able to find a husband at college at age 22. But what are the odds of you staying married? Had the sister of a boyfriend do that---her husband became a doctor while she had 4 babies. Then he ran off with a nurse...
finkster
Apr 3, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
"Honestly, it was intended as little more than honest advice from a Jewish mother.") Darling....just marry a nice Jewish Boy and you'll be fine....:-)
actionbadger
Apr 3, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
That mom's letter was an interesting thought (You will never again be surrounded by a community of people who are on a similar intellectual wavelength) turned into some weird advice in a stupid letter (Get married at 22).