New York University student Madeline Kearns of Scotland was excited to attend college in America, but was stunned to find herself labeled a "cultural fascist" by her classmates. The endless culture shock began at Welcome week, when she was asked to provide her preferred gender pronoun.
An Australian student near her made a joke that she was clearly a girl, but the Americans around the two foreign students were not amused. Kearns later learned that her Aussie classmate had committed what is called a "microaggression."
She surrounded herself with persons of diverse opinion, telling The Spectator that among her friends were:
"...a Catholic woman, a black conservative man, an anti-theist neoconservative, a Protestant libertarian, and a quick-witted Spanish contrarian. We were united in agreeing that we should be free to disagree. We made our own unsafe space, and at the end of each meeting, we were invigorated and parted on good terms."
Kearns believes that American universities are not preparing young people for the real world. Mike Slater agreed on "The Mike Slater Show," saying, "How sad is it that university students feel the need to start their own book club to discuss ideas that aren't allowed to be discussed on the college campus."