Student Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing Down of the University

Topics: Student, University, Simon van der Meer Pages: 4 (1513 words) Published: April 24, 2012
Julie Bucsky
Prof. Smith
English 100: Essay #2, Revision
04 April 2012
A Stressful Life
It’s 11 p.m. on a Tuesday, and a college student had one week to write a college paper due tomorrow morning, but is just now getting started. What should the student do? Does the student stay up all night trying to finish it or just not do the paper? The truth is almost, if not all, students have been in such a stressful situation. I have had many stressful times with homework and exams, staying up past 2 a.m. trying to finish a certain assignment or review for a test. I realized I had to change my attitude and come up with a plan to lower my stress and accomplish my goals. With this in mind, I turned to my parents and college counselors for guidance to develop this plan. I listened to their suggestions and ended up with my own plan to manage my time more wisely, add physical activity, and focus on one task, not anticipate the future. William Zinsser in the essay “College Pressures” (1979), suggests that students from Yale University in 1979 faced: financial, family, friends, and self pressures, when trying to succeed in college. Zinsser supports his essay with his own observations by working as a master at Bradford University and also uses quotes and examples from deans and students that attend Yale. The author’s purpose is to show students that they don’t have to plan the rest of their lives at such a young age; they must take chances and find majors that interest them. The author writes in an informal tone mainly for parents, but also to get people’s attention that such pressures are not necessary, that students must be tranquil, choose their own paths, and not give into such high expectations (Zinsser para. 1-48). My first drastic change was time management; organize my schedule so I would get a chance to accomplish all my goals. In fact, a research about stress mentioned that “both female and male college students perceive an equivalent magnitude...

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