If there is such a thing as a 'world-wide-student-culture' then I think our students can be placed along a 'continuum of participation' in that culture. Some are involved only slightly in the prevailing fashion, fads, music, values and trends, and some participate more fully in the activities that are related to the youth culture. Almost none of our students are located at the heart of the prevailing youth culture — most of them are, in one way or another, mavericks within their own generation. This is one reason I love teaching here: even the more 'mainstream' students are full of questions about their identities and their futures. They are funny, kind, spontaneous, smart, compassionate and creative.