My Freshmen Year
Rebekah Nathan is an anthropologist teacher at a University, as a professor she wonders how college students are so lazy in class and so unmotivated to learn. Being the anthropologist first she decides to go back to school as a freshman in 2002 and give her perspective as professor being a new student. She starts using the acronym AnyU to mean the university she is attending to hide its real identity and the people she describes in the book. My Freshmen Year shows the road the Nathan travels through one year of college living in the dorms and balancing the demands of a modern day student, through the eyes of a professor (Nathan 2005, ).
Nathan’s first college experience came when she went “Previews” which is a two-day event required for all freshmen at AnyU. I relate this to orientation that is recommended to all freshmen at UCM in the summer before classes start. Nathan stood out immediately in the crowd as being a parent, which is a common assumption since at this time she was around fifty-something years old. She did not have the common look of the other college freshmen and made the connection that things will be more difficult to blend in than she originally thought (Nathan 2005, ). The students were put into dorm rooms for the night with another student of the same sex, and Nathan could tell her roommate was a bit skeptical of her. Previews were an introduction to school, meal plans, tuition and such with ice breakers and issues brought up for freshmen to be ready to face in the upcoming future; much like orientation was for my freshmen year (Nathan 2005, ).
Nathan soon moved into her single dorm room and began “Week of Welcome.” This week is full of activities, hall get-togethers, and informational publications about how to be successful in college (Nathan 2005, ). She also noticed that RA, resident assistants, were very involved in the running of their halls by putting notes on doors and hanging up posters to promote different...
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