I attend a school where chapel is mandatory. Now, I get that I go to a private Christian college and that it’s my own fault for attending here. But that does not mean, however, that I have to agree with the polices (after all, there’s a reason I’m transferring!) or like it one little bit.
Mandatory chapel. Every student here knows it well. You hightail it out of class, or you drag yourself out of bed and try to get there in time to find a seat. It’s not always possible to find a seat, mind you, and sometimes you wind up sitting in a place you don’t want. Half the students don’t want to be there, so you find them on Facebook, texting, or even listening to iPods. The ones that want to be there are struggling to pay attention, but they can’t with all that’s going on.
Who thought it was a good idea to force religion? And if you miss x amount of chapels, it’s CHAPEL PROBATION for you. Miss enough chapels in three semesters? Bye bye, college. You’re no longer enrolled at Northwestern.
Now, I don’t agree with the concept of mandatory chapel. I feel that students would pay attention, and there’d be a better turn out, if they didn’t have to be there. I don’t see what the point of mandatory chapel is. To build community? You can’t force community. You can’t make someone follow a religion.