Most Out Of College: Students Speak Their Minds

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Title: Making the Most Out of College: Students Speak Their Minds Author: Richard J. Light Published By: Harvard University Press, Massachusetts, England Year of Publication: 2001 SUMMARY Light’s research study examined university students throughout their college education to suggest possible changes to the education system in order to facilitate the best possible undergraduate experience. Light seeks to alter the common methods used by college officials of admitting good students and getting out of their way for the rest of their university life. The aim of Light’s book is to find out “first, what choices can students themselves make to get the most out of college [and] second, what are the effective ways for faculty members and…show more content…
Some students are successful at connecting their in-campus and off-campus activities while other are not. Light asserts that he found out that “those students who make connections between what goes on inside and outside the classroom report a more satisfying college experience” (p. 14). In order to prove this, Light interviewed a few students whose life-decisions had changed because of the meta-curricular activities that they took up during their vacations. Light concluded that this study would be helpful for admission officers who should realize that they should admit their students and then get in their way (in a constructive sense) to help them make these…show more content…
The cultural diversity on campus can both positively and negatively impact students’ lives at university. Light asserts that the biggest change in American universities is the amount of diversity around campuses. Light states that “it is important to shape the conversation that accompanies any such challenge so that it becomes a constructive learning experience, not a simple fight for authority” (p. 159). Students should be made to realize that there will be differences in perspectives and opinions along with cultural differences however, they must be open to all this so that college experience becomes more meaningful to them. Light asserts that “diversity on campus exerts an impact on learning both in and out of classes” (p. 160). Religious diversity can be used as a positive force and “integrating a spiritual aspect of their life with what may sometimes seem like abstract academic concepts may … [lead] to powerful learning” (p. 161). Exploring another student’s culture and religion may lead to understanding a great deal of life outside campus and students may even link this to their

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