"we are half ruined by conformity, but we should be wholly lost without it."

True, perhaps, but if everybody else stays safely in the fold then nobody will mind if I wander off from time to time.

Matt Nestor graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2011. He spent the next two years visiting campuses and writing his book, Dropping In. Matt lives in Manhattan. E-mail him at mnestor81@gmail.com.

Other Writing

Hypocrite Reader: On Becoming a Girl

Huff Post: The Decline of the American Homework

Thought Catalog: Don't Get Stoned and Read About the Climate

Westchester Review: Bushwick

Out of the Gutter: Dogged

Dropping In (sample chapter)

Untapped Cities: collected work