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What Seniors Gain From College
(Continued from Page s) the women said they had acquired decent living. The women seldom generally attributed more to con- solutist and more of a relativist"
One-third of the samples intend a broader outlook on life and mentioned religion or the role it tats with people than to any in most of his attitudes and opin-
learning in college. Compared to had in their lives. , ions.
to go on to law school--a large .. academic life. "My views havent
other subjects, quite a few women While a good part of thei as- One other student mentioned
majority intend to go on to some mentioned this broadened outlook. pirations turned on themselves, ichanged much, but in the fra- that, in the process of learning
kind of graduate school, with at- Sinificantly, however, none of and very few mentioned any de- ternity Iye learned to get along and of participating in extra-cur-
most half of these planning on the students said that college had sire to help others in their future with people," was a standard an- ricular activities, he had learned
host half of these planning on law changed their basic values while Years or in their vocation the swer. One boy said he had gained to despise the "average" student
in the future. Medicine and teach several definitely said it had not. women frequently noted that j new standards and a wider com- and the engineer who worked for
ing also draw strong responses. Nevertheless, the women men- major achievement of their col- prehension of "life's problems," grades and nothing else. An over-
About half specifically mentioned tioned quite frequently that ol- lege years was learning to live hot the eeeI emphasis was on emphasis on grades was blamed
marriage as a goal, with only one leae had instilled them with riti- with other people or at least get social viewpoints. As to matura- for student apathy and for the
definitely not planning marriage, cal thinking ability and channeled along with others, tion, several admitted it, but dues- narrowness which might be found
A few also mentioned the army as their interests and knowledge. tioned the real effect of the Uni- in the field.
omething they were anticipating (Engineering Senidterelorc fth ti-i hefed
s'mthone thyn hre as-niiotngo. NILEtheir vlue: EIar versity on their mental and emo- In the area of other personal
with one saying he wouldn't go O WHILE their values have re- OST EN NEES entioned tional coming of age. "I would values (i.e, relgion, character de-
maned the same, many waom- technical skills as their chief probably have grown up anyway," velopment, etc.), one found them
forced. en have gained a more mature benefit gained from the Universi- some said. too personal to mention, and few
perspective on life in their years ty. Some felt their education here engineers mentioned them at all.
MINORITY of those inter-'here. It was only occasionally that was adequate although the quality LESS PEOPLE than in literary One said he kept his religion, an-
viewed listed general criteria any gave a definite reason for of instruction varied. Several college said that they had other found time to look at reli-
for the future; most mentioned coming to college, although two mentioned, and all seemed to be- gaiied many new friends. At least gion and say "it ain't necessaril
specific plans for graduate school said they came for a career. lies-, directly or indirectly, that three or four said that they had so." Only one student mentioned
or a type of work, with only The malloaing tendency of the their degrce aid education meant made many acquaintances, but that at the University he had
vague plans beyond this. Of those college years was also reflected in mainly increased job opportuni- that they had not had time to found time to study himself, while
come general plans, however, in their respect for the scope and ties. become really good friends with another felt that the responsi-
come, security, and 'notwantg natiu e of the institution at which A significant number. however, very many people. Others, how- bility imposed by the honor sys-
stagnate" headed the h 0t of item contributed to the develop-
oafa. Only one studcat listed ment of bota his and other's char-
community activitis specifically acte.
as a g o 1.although perhaps those
not waning to stagnate could i-EING ON you ownaway from
.o be plac-ed in this a t aler . home, as felt to be generally
Seducatuonal and the campus com-
Idf~urir[ (:dllg'> - ,latitiou Iand coopeation was call-
- erd geneuails shunintla Seve-al
(11101ii 01 (111 tde a ur tnat fle gretes
r aHE aENIOf WflfAtN ini de vt oed In wasn ot
founud inctaes'ut none reily
tit a-u- u-ife-sc' s ' iu iis iis.id whee in was fonid. "I pikd
i t t r t iuip itea l idea, oatnes udent said
suue hs is-u sab quite naii utu ucommeauted 'I discvered
0o lass drsuefr he is 5'iuri 55ofiiti m ,thuiat teeaepesure group.-
m arried h and eliuues cnsrwhere, that the
Intersw s itla this segIent of -'Univ ci tv is not really a 'false'
the IlE9 snior-i clas irealeai'd a -a situaion" 'Still anothe com-
side r-r sits of motises, achauf --mente d lthe i aid uoru ard work,
ments and future uals Houseer I haue found. isnot monetary"
"erly i itsuomas minteevaieed and anothe eusmed personality
mentioned mareius nin the near development was the most im-
uture un ois way oi another: - poe-anit hus he load "aed her'.
most of thei simply said that A larly high value was placed
in rrian a us, ne of atheiu 0 aits -oni soial education One boy com-
f tras eradu i tusn Ine ten ses-┬░plained of too many extra-cur-
tr flois ris to occu waus notabolei ricular activities: another said
clcii whenn uueaionus abner I-hat too few took advantage of
planis- usst id fued us ssnt. the existin ao . . and several
Te women mti iond ti ou- - said l-o y had lorned to drink
ie futuri oals I s1 e sOite rpets-thee
ioi. alhou i neithe as often as
musriiue.s Our vas the desire to '..HOSE WHO mentionnd frater-
seek furitheri ducation after grad- _nities said they gamied from
nation and tlii l r the iten- - them a chance to learn leadership
ito to teach Coniuuing their and to live with other people. One
evduiaeTi anws soneslwat mooe commented that "social life is
evn . ani t s chin okay here, if you like that sort of
NDOUBTEDLY-------r thing' and several others said
1jNDOtJ 'EmiLY t - pu in sit -they had been only slightly aect-
goup biau inteeed ed by their social life. Many of
senie amen us ine uesas cot these men were married and this
te--had considterable beaumug on may have affected the relatively
butt of ufuese tcudnsis. 'Iaac small number of commeits in this
hs been a traditiunl occuptiOi area.
foe aomni ona eeaduation fiam ^One student emphasized the
colegi. Ti desire to conutimsue - n. sitH he aid others felt to
teeduation may reculnt iii purt ncsiyleadohr ett
d n tresponsibly balance their aca-
froen tinsrquiremeint of noany
states to obti a masters sdegeec demic, cultural and social activ-
or t lestc omplte a ceitain -!ties One engineer said he could
numer of laddiopl hours ofnot crystallize anything worth
number of dditionul bours of e ' the (Classroom, saying about his education and re-
study, fused to comment any further.
How-cs-er. the interiws dueinst hey spent four years. Several felt that the engineering program ever. found in friendship their Most male engineering seniors
aim at correlating these two an- women spoke of the finest minds wasa "too limiting"-that it "shel- greatest college benefit, and sev- seem to know what they want out
swers-iu the country and the rich diver- tered the student" and prevented era found that through friends of their future. Many want to work
Beyond these replies, the senior sification of cultural and educa- his "real education." A few found they were introduced to other after their service responsibilities
women were rather vague on their tion advantages in Ann Arbor, their main stimulation in literary fields, hence gained a broadened are over, but a good percentage of
future plans. There was an occa- While a few spoke of "paternal- college courses and these same perspective. the group sampled plan to go to
sional mention of traveling and ism.' most of the women had people complained of inadequate Some found in dorm living their graduate school for further busi-
trying different types of work over praise for the University and said preparation outside their field. greatest opportunity to meet and ness or engineering training. Mar-
the next few years; some qualified its size did not hamper their edu- "Engineering has become too big "get along with" other people, riage was included in many of
these by saying these were their cation to any great extent. a field to be covered in an under- while others, mainly older stu- their plans to work and settle
plans if they were not married. A On the whole there seemed to graduate program." one student dents living in apartments, failed down.
few had specific ideas about their le little dissatisfaction with the said. "You can only get the basic to mention this, although they Plans for avocations after grad-
aspirations, such as entering into educational job the University is fundamentals, and yet I feel the did find value in increased intel- uation -- such as doing lighting
politis and "Christian education." doing. Realization of the extent need of more courses outside my lectual contacts they had made for plays - were mentioned. A de-
However, most of the women ex- of their ignorance was more field." Several, again complaining here. sire to contribute to society as well
pressed an intention to work after frequently cited as an educational of narrowness. turned to physics Those who mentioned intellec- as to gain personal satisfaction
graduation but were seldom spe- benefit. and math where they could be tual curiosity attributed it to their from a job, a feeling the money is
cifie cxcept with teaching. he "pushed harder" and challenged coursea outside of engineering cot- not everything in a job, and a
interviews showed a certaiiufel-Aod ye ougheof eninedhngtcom-
...,.. - P UT IN ALL mattes teire wasismore directy. lcege although oe mentiond that need for continued tinulation

ingofappehnson bot te 1- only a ripple of dissatisfac- his broadened interest in, world were expressed
ture, hut nsncesevealed a fear of
facii, itd tion among the senior women. In A BROADER viewpoint was affairs probably resulted from his
othe answers there seemed to be again generally acknowledged army service and his fear of being Business Administration
THE WOMEN in general shied allusions to fear of not being one as a result of University educa- drafted again i case of war. School Senior
away from strong or dogmatic of the crowd. There was alsoa tion. although two or three said .FEW Tad-
statements on all subjects: they recurring undercurent that the h A FEW STUDENTS mentioned mESPONSESof tunes aied
r-flected a rather sober outlook on 'women feared becoming intellec- that colle h a e that they had become con- ministration students varied
e and their college years. Most tually stagnant after graduation their values nor their orientation scious of "how much more they widely. However, a strone majority
agree that their opinions today or being bored after the diverse towards life and society, Onlyd wothat sudd emphasized a greater ability to
are more5 moderate thain awisen stimulatfinn from fheu nivlaesity said they had learned to think had olan n htsdel .ndle human relatinships as one
taey ca me tooete atmos phurce hcritically, one claiming he had be- they had discovered how many of the chief benefits they had
Aew aidin maiy -ods Selm did t as-come dissatisfied with his world, other things in life there were to gained from college. They felt this
that their tolencec may much fnacial security or what they cx- desiring now to change it, but de- do. One felt that his later success had been valuable both for busi-
grea ter now altonugh they mid pecld either they or theiry u- pressed by the inevitable futility would be dependent upon effective ness purposes and for their gen-
not mention the yobject diof thuisi d sehoulde can to provide of such efforts. use of his spare time, while an- eral social life.
new 1tontra h aMoje frequitly watveiwould be coisidereda IBroadened backgrounds were other learned here to be less "ab- (concluded on Pa 1n
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