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Bobby Meyers

College Writing, Section 017

October 16th, 2008

William Zinsser, a former college student, English professor, and headmaster of Branford College depicts the four pressures on a college student in his article "College Pressures". Four different types of pressure stick out the most: economic, parental, peer, and self-induced pressure. The self-induced phobia: where students are certain that all other pupils are working much harder than they are. Peer pressure: the grade has become the beacon that reflects the journey through college; not intellectual development, or maturing as an individual. Parental pressure: the students conform to parents' wishes, and watch themselves morph into something they're not, just to live up to expectations. Economic pressure: it's not unusual for a student, even if he works part-time at college and full-time during the summer, to accrue an immense amount in loans after four years; loans that he/she begins to repay within one year after commencement (pages 121-127).

There are many more sub-pressures below each of Zinsser's four pressures; none more than under "economic pressure." The economy hasn't been helping the cost of tuition recently; college is expensive and costing more every year. Yet FAFSA can't

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