College Trade-Offs A look into the lives of three college students

Every college student tries to balance their social life with their academics, but each students copes with these challenges in different ways, or chooses one over the other. In this presentation I interviewed three different students, one who usually chooses to be more social, one that chooses to more studious, and the other who tires to keep balance between the both. For ethical reasons one of the students would like to remain anonymous.

"Research shows that more than 80 percent of college students drink alcohol, and almost half report binge drinking in the past 2 weeks. Virtually all college students experience the effects of college drinking—whether they drink or not"
"Study finds up to 95 percent of college students procrastinate"

First I will be interviewing a student named Tom Donohue who likes to do more work than play

This second interview is with a student named Ryan who believes he keeps a good balance between school and social activities

The third interviewee asked not to be filmed or identified so upon their wishes instead of a video it will be in a question and answer format.

Q: "Do you find yourself being more studious, or sociable?"

A: "I honestly would prefer to hang out with my friends then study throughout the week, so I would say that i spend more time socializing for sure."

Q: "What would u say stresses you out the most?"

A: "I stress out about school, but I stress more about missing out on parties and hanging out with my friends. Whenever I try to study, the only thing I can really think about is missing out. Don't get me wrong, I stress a lot about school because I always wait till the last minute, but it doesn't mean I get bad grades."

Q: "Where do you find yourself on a usual Friday night?"

A: "When ever the weekend starts you will find me with my friends, I mean the weekend is made for us to relax and have a life outside of school."

Q: "How well do you think you deal with peer pressure?"

A: "I mean like the next guy, I wont let anyone talk me into something I don't like, or don't want to do, but if somebody asks me to hang out or go to the bar deep down I want to, so sometimes it gets the best of me."

Q: "What is your number one priority in every day life?"

A: "I just want to be happy and make other people happy. Its hard to say one priority when I have multiple, but for the sake of this interview, it is to be happy with whatever I end up doing in life."

After taking these interviews, it is interesting to see the different perspectives of these three students. Some of the challenges I faced were ethical. In the interviews, since the camera is on them, I think the interviewee gets more tense and doesn't say whats exactly on their mind, and might leave out things that they might tell me without the camera. That's what I found with the person who wanted to be anonymous, the person was more open and willing to talk at little more lengths. Another thing I could have done without these ethical challenges is compare their GPA's together and see the difference between the students. I feel it is too personal of a question to be asked in a interview or the student may lie about it.

Created By
Christian O'Brien


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