College Pressures William Zinsser Analysis

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Meade 1 Shan Meade Professor Tarkan-Blanco ENC 1102 5 July 2011 Reading Response # 1 In his essay “College Pressures” William Zinsser shares his advice for students who bring their problems to him and his wishes for them. As the Master of students at Yale Zinsser wants his students to keep in mind “…that the road ahead is a long one and that it will have more unexpected turns than they think” (463). The essence of Zinsser’s argument is that the journey through college in preparation for a career might not play out as the student initially planned. He advises them to not draw a hard-line in the sand when mapping out their future. Change of college majors, career fields, life expectations are not to be fear but expected and welcomed.1 Zinsser has many wishes for his students, wishes that they find “…some release from the clammy grip of the future”…show more content…
This period can be a time of discovery and reflection into what type of adult one wants to become; in this I strongly agree with Zinsser. His position at the college lends to his credibility and allows him behind the scenes insight as to the pressures of college life. According to Zinsser several college Dean’s have noted the change in mindset of students from helping the world, to getting a leg up on their competition.2 I agree that restricting classes to only those applicable to a degree is a disservice to oneself because my experience doing just that and the tremendous stress of the work load confirmed it. The words of William Zinsser urged college students then and now to embrace this journey for what it is, stressful, ever changing, and savor the experience for what it can be, wonderful. Zinsser, William. "College Pressures." Patterns for College Writing a Rhetorical Reader and Guide. 11th Ed. Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell. Boston MA: Bedford/St Martin's, 2010. Print. 1 Zinsser page 463 2 Zinsser page
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