Critical Analysis Of William Zinsser's 'College Pressure'
"I had a freshman student I'll call Linda," one dean told me, "who came in and said she was under terrible pressure because her roommate, Barbara, was much brighter and studied all the time. I couldn't tell her that Barbara had come in two hours earlier to say the same thing about Linda." (4).This is a great example of peer pressure. The ironic thing about this situation is no one is purposely putting peer pressure on one another.
It is just happening due to the stress that a student feels when they trick themselves into thinking that all of the other students are working harder, are smarter, and are receiving better grades than they are. The final type of pressure discussed is self-induced pressure. This is when students set higher standards for their grades. Like Zinsser says “ A is for Admirable and B is for Borderline, even though, in Yale’s official system of grading, A means excellent and B means very good.”(2). Many college students look at the grading scale in the pessimistic way stated above and put too much pressure on