The consequences of college binge drinking are more destructive and life- changing than students realize. In the article “Curbing College Drinking Starts with a Change in Attitude,” by Sara Fritz, published in Pearson's The Effective Reader in 2011, the author explains the problems resulting from excessive drinking on college campuses. Due to the seriousness of drinking, colleges find, it will take the combined effort of parents, students, and college staff to accomplish the best end result.
Fritz begins her article exploring the issues that arise within college campuses when college students drink in excess. With much time invested as a college trustee and through many long discussions with students, Fritz is discouraged to discover that students arent convinced of the severity stating “our parents drank” making it seem as just a stage that one goes through. It doesn't stop there...as scientists study the problem, they believe the entire student population must be changed. Also, they believe the college enviroment must be changed in order to revolutionize at risk drinkers. Although Fritz appreciates the efforts of the scientists and commends them on their work, the findings were inconclusive.
Fritz provides many facts and opinions in her attempt to persuade the readers of the severity of drinking on college campuses and ways to solve the growing issue. She expresses her disgust when she sarcastically states "What a concept!” Clearly frustrated, the reader can then be convinced that its been a long standing battle within the college and within her career. With little to no progress, Fritz remains bitter.
After reading this article, I agree that college drinking is a serious issue. Fritz offered many good ideas for finding a solution to the problem. Through her personal experiences as a college trustee, she has witnessed, first hand, the tragic effects of college...
College is for students who are just graduating high school, or older people who are going back to school for a better chance at achieving their goals for a better job. College life has been, and still is portrayed as being nothing but partying, and having fun by the media. People have mixed ideas of how college life really is. In some movies and TV shows college students are young and fresh out of high school. High school students look at college life as being a break from the everyday mandatory requirements set by the educational system. A time to let loose and enjoy a more relaxed learning environment.
The movies portray students drinking, smoking, sex, and fraternity initiations. All which sounds and looks appealing to the everyday person. Movie depictions of campus life can cloud judgments and attitudes of what to expect. Some people join a fraternity with high hopes of becoming a frat brother or sister. What people watch in the movies and what they have to go through in real life to become a brother or sister of that frat are the same. Fraternities choose who they let join their group based on initiations or test that involve humiliating tasks to one’s self or even can cause harm to themselves or others. Initiation tests and tasks seen in the media are actually used in current...
Feb. 25, 2013
Formal Essay 3
Binge Drinking Among College Students
College is considered the first leap into independence for young adults. It is a strange, new place to discover and make a place for oneself for the next couple years to come. Sometimes this is the first taste of independence in a person’s life, which is not always a good thing. When a person is thrown into a place of responsibility and freedom there is almost always going to be new feelings of curiosity, rebellion, stress, and anxiety. These feelings are factors in why college students partake in binge drinking, but not the greatest one. I believe that the greatest factor of college binge drinking is the need to feel confident and accepted; a lot of the time, this comes from peer pressure. Binge drinking has become a huge concern in American society. There have been many proposed resolutions, but none have solved the problem at hand.
Peer pressure is a huge factor in everything a person does in life. Naturally someone is going to want to “fit in” or “be cool,” as we sometimes hear, with his or her friends and peers. This is where the pressure originates from in American society. If one’s friends are always drinking and partying that person is going to feel isolated from any kind of social life. In turn, that person is going to want to “fit in”...
...Essay Option #2
"If you don't want to take school seriously, then I guess I’ll look forward to seeing you working your shift at McDonald’s when I stop by for the fries”. This is what my mom told me when I was an eighth grader. My parents are very accomplished people; my mother is a registered nurse and my father is a lawyer. So her words cut deep and hit me where it hurt. Why was she telling me this? Because I deserved every bit of it. I was at a point in my life when I was very immature. I was a bad egg, a wannabe “cool kid”, and a class clown.
I used to be a small kid, but I grew taller way before others in my own age group. So after a while, my self-esteem rose back to its normal height and I became used to being the biggest kid in my class. This followed me all through middle school. When I was an eighth grader, I took advantage of this and used the size of my body to inflict fear in other students. Not only did I utilize my height as a fear factor, but also I imposed dread with the people I hung around. I was what is described as a “tomboy”, and I was friends with guys that I would use as threats to get what I desired from others. I was a bully. My school was quite loose with the bullying policy, so every time I got in trouble, I would weasel myself out of the situation by getting my friends to bear false witness to my fabricated stories. By the middle of the school year, it seemed like I was more feared than adored by most of my fellow students....
...COLLEGEDRINKING: SOCIOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW
Alcohol – one of the most misused drugs today – is one of the most popular and readily available of all types found on contemporary college and university campuses. Waking in a stupor after the previous night's party, missing classes, falling behind and ultimately losing whatever funding may have accompanied one's higher education is but one representation of how drugs can detrimentally impact one'scollege experience. Many students think college is just one big party now that they are on their own at school; however, the soiree does not last long once parents find out the extent to which their adult children have detrimentally impacted their scholastic rating by skipping class, failing to complete assignments and generally neglecting their responsibilities.
For example, the marriage between alcohol consumption and college life have long been accepted as the norm within the confines of campus existence; however, this decade has marked a period in time when violent outbreaks and campus riots are being attributed more and more to the overindulgence of alcohol, rendering it illegal on several major university grounds. Even though such alcohol restrictions represent a potential answer to the problem, they are also causing even more riotous behavior inasmuch as students contend their rights are being violated by the limitation.
...Sports are a very important part of my life, especially basketball. I have been playing my entire life because it was such a huge part of my life growing up with my father being a coach and my brother who was an exceptional player when he participated in grade school, high school, and college. I currently play for my dad who is the head coach and my brother who is an assistant coach at Holy Cross High School. They have taught me so much about the game and how it is much more than a game. They showed and continue to show me how basketball teaches team work, success, failure, and respect. Those are only a handful of things along with a plethora of others that the game teaches. But I am writing about basketball to tell a story of failure that changed my life forever. My sophomore year of high school our team made it to the semi-final in the state tournament losing to the soon to be state champions by two points. This loss struck me and my teammates hard but it made us willing to do whatever it took to get us one game further to the state championship next year and that's exactly what we did. We persevered and worked extremely hard and our dream came true, we won the semi-final game my junior year and went on to play in the state championship. We lead the whole game and then we fell apart. In the final quarter we depicted ourselves to hear that final buzzer and look at the score board seeing our dreams crushed as we lost by five points. This was more than just...
...high-achieving high-school seniors in the bottom quarter of family income went to one of the 238 most selective colleges, compared with 78 percent of students from the top quarter (Markell). Certainly, these numbers show that students that come from low income families aren’t getting the opportunities that they deserve. With college costs going nowhere but up, students from low-income families face tough decisions. Some students choose to attend communitycollege while some make the decision to take out additional loans. There are also those who choose to drop out because they can no longer sustain the cost of college. Those who don’t have the money to go to a selective college are often not reaching their full potential. Therefore, college cost should be lowered so that more people can have the opportunity to get higher education.
Such a push is needed; firstly, due to the continuous rise in tuition, higher education is becoming less and less affordable for low-income students. According to the Journal of College Admission, from 1982 to 2007, college tuition and fees increased by 439 percent, while median family income increased by 147 percent. Last year, the net cost at four-year public universities amounted to 28 percent of median family income, while a four-year private college or university consumed 76 percent of median family income...
...Drinking 101: CollegeDrinking & Its Effects
Everyone knows that drinking is the biggest problem on many college campuses around the nation. Some of the students who drink not only put themselves, but others in all sorts of dangers: accidents, rapes, violent assaults, and even deaths. There has been a significant rise in the binge drinking over the past. Binge drinking is considered five drinks in a row for a male and four for a female. It is done for the intention of getting drunk. Whether it is to get drunk or because everyone's doing it, drinking should never be considered a part of the campus experience. It should be banned from all colleges and specially from the hands of the underage drinkers. There are not enough rules and regulations that control or punish these underage consumers. The students often easily avoid the rules that many of the universities have because they don't have to party on campus grounds. Many of the alcohol activities now days are taking places outside campus grounds to which the colleges can't do anything. As a matter of fact, according to an article by Richard P. Keeling, "Binge drinking among students living in resident halls has decreased over the 90s, whereas it has increased among students living off campus." These students who live in their own apartments have the alcohol...
...revised edition by Malcolm Cowley, 1951), is a beautifully written but disjointed account of the general decline of a few glamorous Americans in Europe. The book failed because readers during the Great Depression of the 1930's were not interested in Jazz Age "parties." Fitzgerald died before he completed The Last Tycoon (1941), a novel about Hollywood life.
Critics generally agree that Fitzgerald's early success damaged his personal life and marred his literary production. This success led to extravagant living and a need for a large income. It probably contributed to Fitzgerald's alcoholism and the mental breakdown of his wife, Zelda. The success also probably led to his physical and spiritual collapse, which he described frankly in the long essay The Crack-Up (1936). Fitzgerald spent his last years as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and died there on Dec. 21, 1940. A few years after his death, his books won him the recognition he had desired while alive.
Source Citation (MLA 7th Edition)
"The Great Gatsby." Novels for Students. Ed. Diane Telgen. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 1997. 64-86. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 11 Dec. 2012.
In 1925, The Great Gatsby was published and hailed as an artistic and material success for its young author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is considered a vastly more mature and artistically masterful treatment of Fitzgerald's themes than his earlier fiction. These works examine the results of the Jazz Age generation's adherence...