Binge: What Your College Student Won't Tell You by Barrett Seaman

By Barrett Seaman

In Binge , Barrett Seaman unearths what each mum or dad, scholar, and educator must learn about the school event. Seaman hung out with scholars at twelve very hot and various schools and universities throughout North America­. in the course of his years of study, he immersed himself within the lives of the scholars, frequently dwelling of their dorms, eating with them, conversing with them on their lonesome phrases, and hearing them exhibit their strategies and emotions. Portraying a campus tradition within which today’s top and brightest scholars grapple with way over educational demanding situations, Binge conveys the unparalleled stresses on campus this day. whereas sharing revealing interviews and the usually dramatic tales, Seaman explores the complexities of romantic relationships and sexual family, alcohol and drug use, anxiousness and melancholy, classification and racial barriers, and extra. regardless of the stressful traits, Seaman reveals purposes for optimism and gives provocative and well-informed feedback for bettering the undergraduate adventure. occasionally alarming, constantly interesting, and eventually hopeful, Binge is a rare investigative paintings that unearths the realities of upper schooling at the present time.

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Troops after Saddam Hussein, I was in Indiana University’s Student Recreational Sports Center, a fitness complex as big as a suburban high school. At nine o’clock, the place was packed with hundreds of students grunting and rotating across acres and acres of exercise equipment. Suspended above the treadmills and rowing machines were rows of television sets projecting images of Bush’s grimacing face above the “Breaking News” banner. Yet hardly an eye lifted more than casually up toward the screens.

Students check off their academic requirements in the course of the afternoon and early evening, then launch their own agenda just as night falls. m. daily. Pomona’s late-night Snack is essentially a capitulation to students’ nocturnal lifestyle. m. Delis and cafes at Dartmouth and Duke are open twenty-four hours a day, and everywhere stu- d a i ly r e s l i f e 37 dents are asking for more services later into the night. It is their time. Dining hall service has become just one of several interchangeable eating options.

The house, or college, system in and of itself cannot insulate Harvard from the larger trends that have been separating undergraduates from their professors. As Henry Rosovsky, former economics professor and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, observed, professors these days dine less frequently in houses, in part because they live farther away from Cambridge. And students’ personal issues have grown decidedly more complex. From what I learned of the fragile psychological nature of many students and the demands made by them and their parents, it seems unlikely that academics whose twin obligations are to teach and to pursue scholarship can also tend to every student’s needs all the time.

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