My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan (Cathy Small)


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This book says it’s written by Rebekah Nathan but it’s actually written by Cathy Small, a professor at Northern Arizona University, who an attempt to better understand students decided to live in the dorms for a year and learn about the culture of college students.  This ethnography was written when I was a junior in high school so the freshman she talks about are only two years older than me.  I really felt it was interesting to hear what she learned about students although I primarily thought about things from the students’ perspective and wondered what they thought about having an older woman live in their dorms.  How weird!  Also, she had a private room and I think that the majority of craziness in college happened in the dorms with roommates and suitemates.  She made a lot of meals in the common kitchen and, at least in my college, no…

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