This classic essay examines the true story of the "Abominable Mr. Metzger," a Harvard undergraduate who, on impulse, sat for an exam in a course in which he was not enrolled. The grade he received raises fundamental questions about the nature of hard work and critical thinking in college. "Although written almost half a century ago, Perry's analysis of the values embedded in the exam process is surprisingly relevant to students and teachers today. Perry delivers his insights with a rare dry wit." — Abigail Lipson, Director, Bureau of Study Counsel, Harvard University.
Students often feel alone with the challenges of college life and learning, when in fact their doubts and struggles are often shared by others. "At every stage in their undergraduate careers students are liable to confront personal challenges, to experience moments of self-doubt, and to wonder “am I the only one?” This thoughtful guide offers practical advice on how to work through such challenges. Taken together, the lessons it imparts form a kind of student’s roadmap to a balanced life." — Glenn Brody Magid, Assistant Dean of Advising Programs, Harvard University.