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Emerging AdulthoodThe Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties$
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309379.001.0001

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The Road Through College

The Road Through College

Twists and Turns

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Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the diverse paths that emerging adults take through college. In particular, the experiences of emerging adults during college are explored. The discussion then shifts to how emerging adults chart their course through college, including choices made on a college major from the many options available to them. This chapter also looks at emerging adults who succeed in college and those who flounder, and reasons for the differences. The American system of allowing such widespread access to higher education is examined and compared to the European system, highlighting the pros and cons of each. Finally, the views of undergraduates about their college experiences, for better and worse, are presented.

Keywords:   emerging adulthood, emerging adults, undergraduates, college experiences, higher education

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