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My Freshman Year

What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

Rebekah Nathan - Author

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ISBN 9781101042502 | 208 pages | 25 Jul 2006 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A revealing look at the college freshman experience, from an insiderís point of view

After fifteen years of teaching anthropology at a large university, Rebekah Nathan had become baffled by her own students. Their strange behavioróeating meals at their desks, not completing reading assignments, remaining silent through class discussionsómade her feel as if she were dealing with a completely foreign culture. So Nathan decided to do what anthropologists do when confused by a different culture: Go live with them. She enrolled as a freshman, moved into the dorm, ate in the dining hall, and took a full load of courses. And she came to understand that being a student is a pretty difficult job, too. Her discoveries about contemporary undergraduate culture are surprising and her observations are invaluable, making My Freshman Year essential reading for students, parents, faculty, and anyone interested in educational policy.

Itís anthropology at its best: accessible, illuminating, contextual. (The Christian Science Monitor)

My Freshman Year... is an insightful, riveting look at college life and American values. (The Boston Globe)


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