I am a professor, teaching at a university in the USA with a great residential undergraduate college.
I would love to hear from all of you out there who are either in college or going to be going at some point in the future: I am interested to hear from teens in particular.
I wonder whether changing forms of sociability won’t also change how we all interact with one another in educational sphere too?
Do you think the world of online education, and students’ familiarity now with texting, social media of all sorts, making friends virtually etc etc will change whether young people want to go to university or college to sit in classrooms with peers and hang out in dorms etc.?
And yet, college at least in the USA, is one of the most diverse settings that people ever experience (except perhaps for the military). Isn’t it a good thing to be in classes with people who grew up in different parts of the country, in different communities, classes, etc.?
Is there something special about sharing late night discussions, or parties etc together in real time in person? Or is this something that is going to go out of date with all the new forms of virtual social media? I am really interested in this.
I know that in part the residential college experience is one already defined by wealth, and prior access to good education. But I think this issue of how students are going to want to study will come to affect those elite institutions also.
I would love to hear from people.