Conquering The Freshman Fear Of Failure Analysis

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Have you ever felt that you are not good enough? Recent research studies suggest that many freshmen are facing the very real fear of failure. Incoming students wonder if they will fit in and do well enough to stay in a university. In his New York Times article, “Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure,” David L. Kirp explains that he believes several freshman doubt themselves, their social skills, and their ability to do well in college. In this article, David L. Kirp effectively argues that this cycle of doubt can make students more likely to drop out of school and that universities need to step in and encourage students through his use of ethos, logos, and pathos.
The author of this article, David L. Kirp, is a professor at the University
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Kirp also used evidence from the two people who created the study, Gregory M. Walton and Geoffrey L. Cohen. He stated that this cycle of self-doubt can be changed because “with the right nudge, students can acquire ways of thinking that helps them thrive” (Kirp, 2016). He also stated different percentages, one being, “With a scandalously low 59 percent of undergraduates earning bachelor’s degrees in six years, the rest departing with no degree, sizable debt and weak job prospects taking such an action isn’t simply a smart strategy. It’s a moral imperative” (Kirp, 2016). It is vital that universities start to realize this fear of failure for freshman and do something about it. Dr. Carol Dweck is a psychologist who stated that “the view of intelligence that you adopt for yourself shapes your educational experience” (Kirp, 2016). If schools do not do anything to encourage students who feel they are not good enough to survive in college then they are hurting the youth. Kirp’s use of logos was very effective because it made me feel like he knew what he was talking about. He used the statistics and facts to back up his argument and constructed an argument that was both logical and

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