Note: This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:Work Hard Play Harder
Author(s):Penovich, Melissa
Subject(s):ENGL 274
social spaces
Abstract:This project examines students opinions of their college experience as they are finishing the last year of their college career. The author seeks to answer the question of what students will take from their experience at the University of Illinois. Will the stories that students carry away from college be similar to the stories that they heard before attending college? Based on individual interviews with students on campus, this study concludes that some students feel they have earned a valuable education at the university, while some feel that they learned more from experiences with friends that have taught students more about themselves.
Issue Date:2007-05-15
Genre:Book Chapter
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-11

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  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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