The London Student

The London Student

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... a danger, inasmuch as he is only following his own inclination, and can stop when he pleases; but a student who works to pass examinations, and is urged on solely by the desire to gain distinction, will sooner or later, if he does not take proper recreation, become weary and disgusted. If he begins with a love of study, he soon gets to hate it from sheer satiety. In matters of this kind, London students may with great advantage take a lesson from the undergraduates of the old universities. We have outstripped them in so many more important particulars, that we need have no fear of going backwards in borrowing some hints on these subjects. The manner in which freshmen are received at Oxford and Cambridge is well worthy of imitation. When a freshman goes into residence at either of those universities, the undergraduates of his college at once call upon him, and he is formally introduced, as it were, to the society of his fellow-students. This is a genial and laudable custom, the want of which in London is much to be deplored. Every London student remembers, with something like horror, his own introduction into student life. For the first term, sometimes for a much longer period, no one took the least notice of him, except perhaps to stare. The various lecture-rooms and libraries had to be found out by himself, or with the assistance of a friendly beadle. If he attended a lecture, he was surrounded by perfect strangers, who seemed to look upon him as an intruder, treating him with courtesy indeed, but with that repulsive coldness which distinguishes Englishmen who have not been formally introduced. The idea of giving him a hearty welcome as a brother student, and one who might hereafter be an honour to their class, seems never to occur to them. They know...show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986202
  • 9781236986207