College Pressures Essay

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College Pressures In William Zinsser’s essay College Pressures he identifies multiply, sources of stress faced in college. “I see four kinds of pressure working on college students today: economic pressure, parental pressure, peer pressure, and self-induced pressure” (Zinsser 510). Zinsser argues that students themselves must reduce the pressure they face. Although College Pressures was first published in 1979, it still relates to college students today. Also the author’s description of Yale students is relative to colleges in America everywhere. Zinsser say, “If I have described the modern undergraduate primarily as a driven creature who is largely ignoring the blithe spirit inside who keeps trying to come out and play, it’s because that’s where the crunch is, not only Yale but throughout American education”. In addition to pressures listed by Zinsser there are many more pressures college students possibly face, such as: facing the future and multitasking. Facing the future is probably the pressure I deal with the most. While I have a clear idea of what I want to do as an adult, I also find myself overwhelmed by trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I feel pressure to make educational and career decisions that can impact the rest of my life. For example, choosing a major was slightly stressful, as can making decisions about where to live, which relationships to pursue, and more when I have graduated from college. These things are on my mind constantly every day of my life, and is definitely a pressure to me. However, Zinsser focus on much more common pressures of college students. William Zinsser shows the most important pressures that most college students face in his essay, College Pressures. He classified these four pressures in groups: economic, parental, peer, and self-induced. The author writes about each pressure and gives examples on each by

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