Educating Students From Different Classes At Midwest University ( Mu )

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“Paying for the Party,” conveys the roles and choices made by college students, specifically female students from different classes at Midwest University (MU). The authors Armstrong and Hamilton observe how the decision made by these students may affect their social standings through out and after their college life. Based on a five-year long study the authors interviewed college women who were living in the “party dorm” at MU. They differentiated these women into three different classes, upper middle class, lower middle class, and working class. Then they split each class into four different categories: the first being “primed to party” which were wealthier students whom partying was important, the second were “cultivated for success” which were students who had certain academic goals to achieve and were financially supported by their parents, the third were “motivated for mobility” which consisted of lower middle and working class students from urban parts, and lastly were student who chose to go to MU.
In “Paying for the Party” the authors distinguishes institutional factors that lead to the “party pathway” such as residential life (dorms or sororities) and academic programs that allow students to obtain a degree with nominal effect towards their social life. They also talk about “socialites”; which were upper class women whom were financially supported by their parents and were more about social experiences than academic success, after graduation they succeeded in…

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