Binge Drinking as a Substitute for a Community of Learning
...There were certainly no friends to be had where I thought I would achieve my most consequential goals as a college student- in my classes. I made no friends there until my last year in college, and then only by chance. Even today, most college students make few friends through their classes until late in their college careers, if at all. That's one reason college students become binge drinkers....
American teacher, scholar, and essayist. Bruffee graduated from Wesleyan University, earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, and is currently a professor of English and director of the Scholars Program and the Honors Academy at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. A scholar of Romantic poetry, Bruffee is also known for his work on composition, collaborative learning, peer tutoring, and liberal education. His books include A Short Course in Writing (1993) and Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, and the Authority of Knowledge (1999). See also academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/bruffee.