Paying For The Party Analysis

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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 …show more content…
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 finding careers through family connections. While the “wannabes” were lower middle class/working class students who couldn 't fit into the party pathway, they struggled financially and academically. After graduation the wannabes didn 't have connections to help the establish careers, they were also stuck with student loans as well. In the mobility pathway Armstrong and Hamilton found one student who succeeded in this path due to a process called “creaming”. This student was provided with financial assistance and institutional resources to help her succeed, because of these opportunities it allowed her to …show more content…
Although the choices we make on how we want our college life to be can affect our success and future. Motivating oneself into succeeding plays a major key, if we set our minds on a goal to succeed then we could be all better off. But there is always some down falls in life working, finances, and etc. For example I have a friend who is financially unstable, has to pay child supported, bills, and etc. Even though he has all these issues he is striving to be better off. He has succeeded in finding an internship and is able to continue working full time after graduating. No matter what class we fall in some people will be better off but others have to strive and work hard to succeed. Every choice we make throughout college life affects our future whether we work, party, or study. Some people take the easy way out and some struggle. It’s how determined one can be to succeed and better themselves in my opinion that really allows one to be better off through out the res of their

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