Tuesday, December 19, 2006
#59: My Freshman Year
My Freshman Year was an interesting book written by a middle aged professor/anthropologist who decided to go back to school as a freshman to write about college students. She found herself confused by the actions and reactions she got in class from her students so she determined her sabbatical project was going to be going back to school. She actually moved into the dorms, went to freshman orientation and signed up for a normal amount of classes. To protect the students after she wrote the book and to get realistic data, the author changed her name and hid her real identity from students most of the time unless specifically questioned. Having only graduated from college 4.5 years ago myself I didn't find her data all too shocking but I was interested to read her perspective on the American college student. This book was fairly enjoyable and informative so I would recommend it.