Analysis Of College Pressures By William Zinsser

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College Pressures: Writing Project #2

In William Zinsser’s essay, “College Pressures,” he discusses four main pressures college students have in the 1970’s: Economic, parental, peer, and self-induced pressures. Zinsser is the person students see to ask “how they are going to get through the rest of their lives.” He explains that there’s no map to career security, financial security, social security, etc... He wants students to explore their education and to not stick to a strict schedule. Zinsser tells students to experiment with their education, but he perceives that Americans don’t like to state that failure is an option and only achievement is accepted. Zinsser describes four types of pressures that students go through during college
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I believe that all the pressures still exist in the college world today, if not more.
I 've been in school for so long now and I know that most of the pressures Zinsser talks about I 've experienced myself. He gives multiple examples of students with different stresses and I think he’s writing about my life. Zinsser talks about how students want a career driven pathway throughout college. Students are wanting to have their goals setup in advance and courses narrowed down to fit those goals. I myself think that 's how I’m taking my path through college. I don 't have the money or the time to spend on a variety of other classes. That 's how economic pressure has been introduced in my
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Zinsser states, “I see many students taking pre-medical courses with joyless tenacity. They go off to their labs as if they were going to the dentist. It saddens me because I know them in other corners of their life as cheerful people” (439). The students were only taking the course because their parents want them to be financially secured. They think they know what’s best for them, but they forget that we have dreams to be something we want to be someday. During class one day we were discussing the article, “College Pressures,” and how we thought if parental pressures were still a pressure today. One student answered with an example with her life. She wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but with almost everyone in her family being a nurse and the push her parents, she decided to pursue nursing as a

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