The average college freshman is 18 or 19 years old - usually in the middle or tail end of puberty, and often going through many dramatic changes in his or her life. Academic demands pick up, along with new responsibilities of living away from home. What's more, they often must restart their social lives with few or no friends around. They are awkward, uncomfortable, and intimidated. With all this stress, is it any wonder freshman year is full of bad choices made in an effort to belong? Drinking, smoking, and mindless sex are all stereotypes about college that I grew up hearing. But are they only that? One can argue that these stereotypes are reality in many students' lives, especially when they are first released into the world of the American college system.
In this study, I aim to answer this question, as well as find which parenting styles lead to the best decisions in college. After all, students entering college institutions have been taught and guided for almost two decades by their parental figures and those adult influence around them. But temptation is a powerful thing, especially when one feels the need to fit in and find a place to belong. Corey Doctrow's Little Brother scratches the surface of this topic, as many readers - myself included - come to common questions when noting the parent-child interactions (or lack thereof) in the novel. The way a child is parented ultimately has possibly the biggest influence on their choices when they are finally on their own, and some parents do a good job while others are left to wonder what happened to their child.
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