The senior dates someone who’s exciting and new and not jaded with the social scene.
Life is, in the end, about living and having experiences and making mistakes, and dating someone older than you can be a wild ride and a lot of fun.
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Of course most senior-freshman hook-ups are consensual. rare freshmen are preternaturally experienced or mature, and perhaps they can carry out a perfectly mutual relationship with a senior. Far rarer than the hook-up scene at Amherst would suggest.
When an antique collector buys a Picasso from a man who doesn’t know its worth, do we trust she’ll pay the full price?
Granted, seniors are not teachers and sex is not painting. In senior-freshman relationships, the freshman doesn’t know he’s a Picasso.
He wasn’t a child, he wasn’t dumb, he just...didn’t know Amherst College.
The College treats freshmen differently because it knows, as I believe we all do intuitively, that freshman year is a time for growth.