This post is in response to Jess' query as to why it is that so many people outside of BYU hate it. I actually wrote a comment earlier but my computer at work had the hiccups and it didn't post. Firstly, I certainly don't hate BYU and I certainly don't have a problem with the honor code or curfew - I lived with that same curfew and honor code while at Ricks. My contention is that so many people who attend or have attended BYU seem to feel that they are somehow better than the rest of us. This elitist attitude is contrary to the Lord's plan and the Church's purpose. Please keep in mind that I am making generalizations here and that this definately doesn't apply to everyone that goes or has gone to BYU. Having said that, I have experienced this attitude from friends and even some family members. Even tongue in cheek comments about BYU being the "Lord's" school are condescending. By the way, did you know that of all the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, only 4 of them attended BYU? To those of you who went to BYU, ask yourself truthfully what your attitude was toward UVSC or USU or Southern Utah when you were a student. Did you view those schools as viable options for your education? Knowing most of you like I do, my guess is that it probably wouldn't have mattered much to you but what about to your roommates or FHE brothers and sisters. How many times did you hear a disparaging comment about a neighboring school? Not one made in jest - we all do that - but one that was serious? There is much about BYU that is praiseworthy. Does that justify the attitude? Again, please remember that I am making generalizations and am well aware that they don't apply to everyone but Jess asked what the deal was.
I'm not saying that we can't make good natured fun of other schools, I definately don't have a problem with anyone making fun of my attendance at Idaho State - I make fun of it. However, it was a good enough school to have provided me the education and background necessary to have been accepted to Vanderbilt's PhD program in biomedical science.
I am glad that BYU and its sister schools exist. I believe strongly in their stated purpose and will encourage my children to apply. I have met many wonderful people who have attended BYU who are truly the salt of the earth and don't have a prideful bone in their bodies. Its just that sometimes it seems that we have trouble remembering that having pride in our school is different than being prideful.
I hope I haven't offended too many of you. If I have, I apologize.