Little of her book reads from the point of view of a student, but instead as a removed observer. It talks about why people went to college how speakers at the beginning of freshman year are already asking that question. I don't think the professor was wrong in choosing to keep people anonymouse and not include overheard conversations, but those conversations would have made the book so much more interesting. To me, this put a more sensible frame around the alcohol-soaked nature of much undergraduate life. She wrote that the faculty had an ambitious and, what they thought exciting, agenda.
It was clear that faculty and administration had breakdowns in communication and thought they knew what students wanted but were totally disengaged. In chapter seven Nathan summed up the information that she learned from being a freshman at anyU. It is promoted as a professor goes back to college and lives the life of a freshman and then tells all. Those looking for a motivating, uplifting book to jump-start their advising season should look elsewhere. Were they, in fact, more likely to cheat, ruder, and less motivated? Well, of course it is! Again, none of this stuff should be new to you if you are a student, or have just graduated, or maybe even currently work with college-aged students. As a reader why do you think that Nathan goes back and questions herself as to why or why not she should have or shouldn't have done some of the research that she did? American films, Debut albums, English-language films 986 Words 3 Pages Work Surowiecki depicts the tendency of group centralization by providing the case of the Columbia Disaster. At first I agreed with others who felt that most of her observations were obvious to anyone who has had any contact with college culture.
She wrote this chapter in a way that the reader can relate to and understand. Why do they not seem to care? Many of the other readers on this list are disappointed in Nathan's failure to recount the parties and friends and romances that make up so much of college life I first read this book when it came out ten years ago. Graphic Oganizer: By Dan Lewis The main points for Chapter 3 include community and diversity at AnyU. Small earned her PhD from Temple University in 1987. However, at Howard if a student starts of their college career strongly, it can propel them to do well their remaining years at the university.
What's the fun of having money if you have no time to enjoy it? She looks back at you, smiles a friendly smile reminiscent of the 1970s, and introduces herself as your new roommate. When students take classes that are more interesting to them, the average conversation may possibly about school rather than about one's social life or relationships. The right class can open new worlds and opportunities can come from it that a student would expect. I'm not saying it's impossible. Acculturated- the process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group. And while it is surprising to me what things a professor couldn't surmise without gaining the experience, I think that many of her conclusions are important, particularly those that have to do with the future directions of higher education. School Days She noted the difference between the weeks before classes and compared it to the routine of class attendance.
Many of her observations are really more about how Americans are, not just college students. Why are Friday classes usually disasters? I think the book was creative and if she never told any of the students what she was doing, then they would have never known. If they were like me as a student, they feel virtuous that they're present for class, that they remembered to bring the right notebook, and that they managed to catch a bus that has delivered them on time. As a college professor I found nothing in it I couldn't have written just from what I hear every day at work, as an anthropologist, I'm disappointed at the shallowness of analysis and the tossed off feel of this. Shaping schedules is the ability to choose the days and times one takes their classes, with whom they choose to take the class with a difficult teacher or an easy teacher , and the ability of skillfully registering for classes that will give them more personal time. Culture, Father, Life 1409 Words 4 Pages born on the 20th of May, 1996 at the Philippine General Hospital.
First, it's not very well written - it doesn't really flow logically, there are many, many dry spots, and some of the phrasing and story-telling is just awkwardly done. This comparison is interesting because even though these two books seem so different, in many ways they share the same idea of adapting to a new community. I was also going to try out for the basketball team, the volleyball team, and the softball team. The final section of chapter seven is a final reflection of Nathan's experiment. Course, Human anatomy, Nursing 1147 Words 5 Pages sense of humor.
Even now, I tend to have friends that are very much like me, and I have other friends that are very different. Because of this, she decided to enter her own university as a student, under the pseudonym Rebekah Nathan. Paradox- A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possibly truth pg. After we got to the hospital we find out that the cancer she was diagnosed with has affected her breathing, which caused tubes. As a reader, and as a student, why do you think this is so? Although high schools do have cliques. At the end of her freshman year, she has an affection and respect for students as a whole that she had previously reserved only for certain individuals.
Lewis Undergraduate Programs Officer Carl H. And did the dog really eat the homework? I respect the research that went into this portrayal of higher education in America. Book Summary In Rebekah Nathan's, My Freshman Year: What a Professor learned by becoming a student, the college experience is dissected and examined through the eyes of a professor gone undercover as an undergraduate student. I guess that makes sense though since she is an anthropologist doing an ethnography of a culture. Amalgam- A mixture or combination pg. My parents are Angela Evangelista, a Caucasian female, and Gregory Leverette, an African American male. Something that we found interesting was when she decided to tell Ray that she was a part of the faculty and that she would be willing to write his reference letter for him.
During her year, she was surprised to find that although she was an excellent student in many of her courses, there were others in which she struggled. Is it any wonder that she did not feel the inclusion or a sense of community? She followed up by asking if given the chance, would they take their degree and run. Did this book discuss everything you hoped it would? During her research, other students assumed that the friendly, short, trim woman with graying curls must be down on her luck: 50-something, perhaps divorced, taking classes because she suddenly had to make her own way in the world. I was going to at least try and get A's and B's in my Spanish Language and Spanish World History classes. Why don't they participate in class? Opulent- Wealthy, rich, abundant or plentiful pg. Most students are not in school because they love American literature or writing.
Even when one of her classmate made fun of her, she kept quiet. I do love my individuality and my privacy, but I believe creativity and global views of the world require collective thought. Students experienced contacts with the same people. Surmised- To conjecture or guess pg. Some students do love the subjects professors teach, but even if they do, there are a lot of pressures bearing down on them.