According to the authors of the book, the college experience is crucial in helping produce individuals who are obedient to authority, as such, one cannot afford to make light of it (Bell et al. 5). The authors’ primary goal, therefore, is to inspire the growth of a reader’s sense of wisdom, which they define as an individual’s ability to keep their mental and emotional balance in life. This creates self-understanding, which in turn enables the individual to live comfortably with who they are (Bell et al. 70). Explored in this essay are three of the author’s insights: the concept of “Slowing down”, role of media, and “avenues of upward mobility/painful ways of struggle”, in relation to my personal college experience.
As mentioned in the introduction, a major impediment to adjusting to a new environment is attitudes and belief systems ingrained in an individual. Processes such as socialization and conditioning are responsible for imparting societal values, beliefs and attitudes on individuals, which in turn influences their outlook on various aspects of the world. In light of this, an individual stands to benefit from stripping away their predispositions, as this allows them to embrace new experiences. In chapter 7, the authors describe exercises designed to help readers break away from prior conditioning and socialization in order to experience aspects of their lives and the world in a new way. One such exercise is “Slowing down”, which entails going through routine everyday activities at 50% of the normal speed (Bell et al. 125). According to the authors, the exercise seeks to help students revel in their present without continuously fixating on their future (Bell et al. 125).
Across the globe, the college experience is designed to help students work towards securing their future. Although beneficial, this has and continues to undermine students’ ability to experience fully college. Students tend to ignore aspects they regard as