My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student

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Penguin, Jul 25, 2006 - Social Science - 208 pages
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After fifteen years of teaching anthropology at a large university, Rebekah Nathan had become baffled by her own students. Their strange behavior—eating meals at their desks, not completing reading assignments, remaining silent through class discussions—made her feel as if she were dealing with a completely foreign culture. So Nathan decided to do what anthropologists do when confused by a different culture: Go live with them. She enrolled as a freshman, moved into the dorm, ate in the dining hall, and took a full load of courses. And she came to understand that being a student is a pretty difficult job, too. Her discoveries about contemporary undergraduate culture are surprising and her observations are invaluable, making My Freshman Year essential reading for students, parents, faculty, and anyone interested in educational policy.

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3.5 stars Rebekah Nathan (a pseudonym) was a 50-something year old anthropology professor who decided to do a one-academic-year (2002-2003) study of student life, as a student. She applied to the ... Read full review

My freshman year: what a professor learned by becoming a student

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In her mid-fifties, the author (Rebekah Nathan is a pseudonym) registered as a freshman and moved into a dorm, concealing her identity as an anthropology professor on leave from the very same state ... Read full review


Life in the Dorms
Community and Diversity
As Others See
Academically Speaking
The Art of College Management
Lessons from My Year as a Freshman

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Rebekah Nathan is a pseudonym for Cathy Small. She is a professor of anthropology at Northern Arizona University and the author of Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs.

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