At Deep Springs, where "the desert sun rises slowly," everyday student life is totally unlike other colleges because "no one drinks, everyone helps run the ranch in some way, and no one can be totally self-absorbed (unless he's out hiking in the desert)." Instead, students immerse themselves in the Deep Springs way. As one student explains, "Life is very intellectual but also in constant relationship to the natural beauty of the desert and the operation of the College's farm and ranch." Conversations tend to revolve around "what work needs to be done, what decisions need to be made, [and] which classes are most interesting," or, as one student put its, "Sunsets. Hegel. Welding. Jane Austen." Fun at Deep Springs, where days are "marked by an extreme busyness," is "self generated": "‘Fun' is hard to come by, and one has to learn how to enjoy people, work, and engagement." Students do occasionally take a break, however: "Fun just means something a little different . . . Half-naked dances to Miley Cyrus, fully naked soccer, or fully clothed conversations on anything from Kierkegaard to Kanye West ensure that there really isn't a dull moment in the Valley." Also, occasionally "there are ‘boojies'," a kind of hectic dance party in the Rumpus Room of the dorm, " or students will "go to the dunes a valley over for a bit of late-night naked surfing down the sand." Undergrads concede that Deep Springs "life can be intense:" There is "a whirlwind of activity from labor to class to meals to labor again to meetings to a few precious hours of sleep. But where many students would find such a lifestyle stressful and unsustainable, we find it meaningful
and valuable" and that keeps undergrads energized and motivated."