The College Course And The Preparation For Life; Eight Talks On Familiar And Undergraduate Problems

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byAlbert Parker Fitch

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE STRUGGLE FOR PERSONAL RECOGNITION We tried, in the preceding chapter, to outline the peculiar situation in which the undergraduate finds himself. He is in the midst of a quick transition from a mediated to an unmediated experience. He possesses, for the first time, personal and intellectual freedom. The opportunity and the responsibility for self-expression have been suddenly thrust upon him. He is both elevated and subdued, as he realizes that the discovery and the testing of his manhood is at hand. Now the first test of that manhood comes in his relations with his classmates. His inevitable secret inquiry is, what will "they" think of me? The first instinct of the awakening life is the craving for the support and admiration of its comrades. Though many an undergraduate would die rather than confess it, what he most and really / wants is popularity. The very intensity of the assumed indifference to undergraduate distinctions, which some men in all colleges affect, betrays its artificial character. It is the covering of boyish pride, the armor, from the crowd, of a sensitive spirit, but it is rarely the sincere and spontaneous expression of the youth's inner life. Few boys, in their dreams of coming college days and eager anticipations of their delights, include social insignificance or personal unpopularity! If we begin, then, with the frank discussion of the problem of the boy's personal standing, it is because that problem is more or less consciously in his mind, even if never on his lips, during the four years of his college course. Perhaps we can most easily get at the heart of the problem if we try to analyze its human factors. In most Eastern colleges, the undergraduate body may be easily divided into three distinct classes. There is...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE STRUGGLE FOR PERSONAL RECOGNITION We tried, in the preceding chapter, to outline the peculiar situation in whic...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217296394

ISBN - 13:9780217296397

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