Book Review : ' College Pressures ' Essay

935 Words Sep 25th, 2015 4 Pages
Amrhein, Lexie SR “College Pressures”

Background William Zinsser was a Protestant, fourth-generation New Yorker, and a World War II sergeant. He earned degrees at multiple universities; two of them being in Indiana. He attended Rollins College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Southern Indiana. Zinsser was born October 7, 1922 in New York City. He married a teacher and historian, Caroline Fraser, in 1954. The author has two offspring, John and Amy, as well as four grandchildren. He was the editor of Yale Alumni Magazine, worker for The New York Herald Tribune and Life, the master of Branford College, and the nonfiction writing professor at Yale in 1970. William Zinger is best known for his 1976 guide, On Writing Well. The City Dwellers (1962), Pop Goes America (1966), The Lunacy Boom (1970), Writing With a Word Processor (1982), and American Places: A Writer’s Pilgrimage to 15 of This Country’s Most Visited Cherished Sites (1992) are a few more examples of some of his work.The following piece, “College Pressures,” is part of the 1979 City Journal magazine.

Summary “I see four kinds of pressure working on college students today: economic pressure, parental pressure, peer pressure, and self-induced pressure. It is easy to look around for villains—to blame the colleges for charging too much money, the professors for assigning too much work, the parents for pushing their children too…

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