The first reason why I decided to include this page in my website is the thought that instead of complaining about our students defective attitudes, we should actively promote a lifestyle based on scholarship, intellectual work and creative development. The tradition of the scholarly discipline, that we might qualify, after Agamben, as a "forma di vita", dates back from the Renaissance, at least for what concerns its most pronounced "lifestyle" features. Arguably, it is also much older, medieval, late antique, Greek. Or if you prefer, Andalusian, Islamic, Chinese. In any of its local forms, the scholarship presents various traits of luxury and social distinction.
I'm not sure if it is very well known whence the word "snob" comes from. In fact, it has quite a decent origin: the abbreviation standing for the Latin sine nobilitate in the registers of students at Oxford University. And that is in fact my case, as I shamelessly reveal in my Autobiographical Essay right on this website. Consequently, I believe there is a particular s.nob. lifestyle, irreducible to the ways of those born cum nobilitate. Obviously, it costs additional effort to jump social barriers, this is why s.nob. is, first of all, based on distinctive work habits.