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In College Pressures William Zinsser explains the differentpressures and anxieties in college In the beginning of the articleZinsser illustrates the stress a college student experiences the nightbefore a chemistry midterm The stress of studying for the mid-termcauses thoughts to meander and creates excuses to get out of the examin turn leading the Author into his explanation of the difficultobstacles of college life Zinsser explains how students react differently in eachsituation When a teacher is lecturing students try to cram all of thematerial into a notebook Instead he believes students need to focus onthe gist of the classroom material rather than each word writtenverbatim According to Zinsser this is unnecessary and an overreactionthat ends up hurting rather than helping He says that students stay upall night typing papers and doing homework This late-night activitynegatively affects the students awareness and ability to pay attentionin the classroom Students believe it is beneficial to stay up late andstudy but it is damaging because they have difficulty staying awakethe following day Zinsser says students go to college due to parental influence Someparents are trying to live through their kids telling them what theywant them to be instead of letting them do what they want He saysstudents listen to their parents because they know their parents havebeen through college and trust they know what is bestZinsser tries to persuade the difficulties of college in the thirdperson point of view Anxiety can lead to negative results He statesthe more students care the more anxiety and stress there is to comewith it
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