The Post-Paly Plans Map has historically been one of The Campanile’s most highly anticipated pieces. Though its intended purpose was to celebrate the post-graduation plans of every senior, the reality is the map contributes to the toxic, comparison-driven culture at Paly.
Our community fosters a college-centric mindset which erodes one’s sense of value and can lead to students with less traditional plans feeling judged, embarrassed or underrepresented. This worldview sets the bar for achievement extremely high and punishes anyone who falls short.
We believe the burden of improving Paly’s environment falls on the students. If we don’t shift how we talk and think about college, the culture will never improve. This is the reason we decided not to publish the map this year.
In place of the map, we decided to publish a series of quotes portraying Paly community members’ perspectives on the culture at our school and alternative post-graduation paths. We hope this decision sparks discussion about the values and priorities of students, families and community members. We wish the best for every graduating Paly student in pursuing their future goals.