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So I guess this is my final blog post for this semester. I wish I could write something about how awesome my first semester in college was, but in all honesty it didn’t really go the way I thought it would.

I come from a high school that feeds into CU and because of that most of faculty and students consider going to CU for college is known as just going into 13th grade. This is because going to CU you will have the same friends, be in the same town, and do the same stuff that you did in high school. Hearing this I was excited to become CU buffalo  because I had a great time in high school and I didn’t want my awesome time of partying, not studying, getting good grades, and having fun to come to an end. However, that all changed after my first week of college.  

Being a freshman here we had to move in three days before the actual school days started so that gave my friends and I plenty of time to go and experience college night life on the hill. I ended up doing this every night leading up to the first school, I even went the night before my first real college class, bad idea. I thought it was going to be just like how it was in high school, where going out the night before class wouldn’t have any real repercussions. Boy was I wrong. I ushered myself into college life by running out of 8 am Geology and throwing up in a trash can outside. Now I can look upon this first day of tragedy with a bit of laughter, but when it first happened I was devastated and I knew I had to change to my ways.

I knew I had to put school as my highest priority. I stopped going out and having late nights on the hill and instead learned the the Benson Earth Science library was my new best friend. Now on the rare occasion that I do go out with friends I always make sure to be back in dorm at midnight at the latest. With these new changes to my lifestyle, I feel I have lost a fun part of me. The way I look at, in the long run, a good GPA will be better than a few nights with friends on the hill that I can’t remember.

I can’t say I had a great first semester in college, because I didn’t. However, the person that this first semester has turned me into is something I can be proud of. I have come a long way from the naive high schooler who thought CU was going to be just parties, and another few years of high school. I now see myself as a real student who cares about schoolwork and grades, not just what I am going to Friday night.  


When watching the movie Fight Club, the normal person may see it as a story about a guy who can’t sleep and devops psychiatric disorder. However, most wouldn’t believe this, but Fight club is actually about how we have the answers to our own questions, but we cannot get to the final conclusion without the help from others.

An example of this is when a student is debating not going to a class so he asks his friends what they think. The first friends he asks tell him to go, but the one he asks and tells him to not go is the one that helps him make the decision to not go. This isn’t because he values thats friend’s opinion more than the rest, but it is due to him already having the idea in the back of his head that he doesn’t want to go to said class and that friend just brings the idea a reality.

This is shown in the scene in Fight Club when Tyler gives the narrator a chemical burn. Since the narrator doesn’t have that “friend” to help him realize such decisions and ideas he develops the fictional character,  but real to him  “Tyler.”  In the scene Tyler is talking to the narrator about the idea that God doesn’t like him and he is God’s “unwanted child.” This isn’t an idea that the narrator has never heard before because for quite some time it has been in the back of his mind, but since he thinks Tyler is real the idea is now now becoming a reality to him and helping him decide that this thought is infact the truth.    


Recently I read the study done by Timothy Osberg, Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Insana titled, “From Animal House to Old School: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences” they link college movies that show binge drinking and the glorification of extreme alcohol consumption to college freshman drinking. The main question they were testing was, would  the “increased exposure to movies that glorify college drinking impact…viewers’ beliefs about the role of alcohol in college life”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 923). The way this was tested was by showing 479 college freshmen college movies that promoted binge drinking and then gave the freshmen two questionnaires about a month apart. Both questionnaires showed a connection between these movies and freshman year drinking. At the end of the study they wrote  “exposure to movies glorifying the college drinking culture was found to have direct and indirect effects on the drinking behaviors of college freshmen”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 930).

Even Though this study was conducted very well and written out very clearly I feel they could have done a better job with some parts. I feel as though some of their paragraphs were useless and repetitive and that the study could have come to the same conclusion with half the amount of words, but that can also be linked to my laziness as a reader. The main problem I find that this study is with their tables showing their data.  I must have stared at them for countless minutes and no matter how many times I looked them over or read the paragraphs around them I could not understand what they were showing me. Never the less though I was able to understand their conclusion and how they got there.

Osberg, Timothy M., Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Insana. “From Animal House to OldSchool: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences.” Addictive Behaviors 37.8 (2012): 922-30. Print.

 


   In life there are many factors that make us want to try and imitate certain things. For example, someone might see an axe body wash commercial where a lonely male uses the body wash and is then shown covered in women clinging to his clothes. The viewer will then go out and buy the product subconsciously hoping for the same outcome as the commercial. Another example that is argued a lot in today’s society is that children who play violent video games are prone to act out and cause harm to others due to the influence of said video game. Connections such as these make some people wonder what it is that makes college aged students want to drink in such excessive amounts.

In a study testing the connection between alcohol advertising at sporting events and college aged drinking, authors Andrew Graham and Jean Adams watched six televised soccer games, counting the number of visual alcohol references. At the end of their study they wrote, “the six broadcasts lasted a total of 1101 min (18 h and 21 min)…with a mean of 340 and median of 257 per broadcast”(Graham, Adams). They also wrote in the conclusion of their study that the majority of the alcohol references showed,“[encouragement] [of] overconsumption or associating alcohol with social or sexual success, irresponsible behavior”(Graham, Adams).

After reading Graham and Adam’s study I started thinking more about what they saw in the majority of the alcohol related advertisements in my daily life, the “[encouragement] [of] overconsumption or associating alcohol with social or sexual success, [and] irresponsible behavior”(Graham, Adams). It didn’t hit me how often this glorification of drinking experiences appears in Hollywood movies until I was watching the movie Project X.

For those who don’t know, Project X is a movie about 3 “uncool” high schoolers who decide to throw a massive party to try and jump them up to the top of the high school social food chain. The majority of the movie is just following the three main characters around their party and showing what a good time they were having. After watching the movie, no matter what mood I was in before, I want to go out and party. This didn’t seem that odd to me until after reading Graham and Adam’s study. I realized the whole movie is just glorifying binge drinking and showing that through drinking an excessive amount there is the result of social and sexual success. Why I feel the need or want to go and party after seeing this movie is because subconsciously I draw the connection between binge drinking and social and sexual success.


A known occurrence within almost all college students and college aged youths is that amongst these age groups there is a massive level of alcohol consumptions and binge drinking. This has led many experts to ask the question: what makes binge drinking and exceptional levels of alcohol consumption such a social norm? In the academic study, “From Animal House to Old School: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences” done by Timothy Osberg, Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Insana, blame college movies that promote and glorify the consumption of alcohol are to blame. A different study done by Andrew Graham and Jean Adams titled, “Alcohol Marketing in Televised English Professional Football: A Frequency Analysis,” blames the marketing of alcohol during sporting events as a cause for this college attitude.

In Osberg, Billingsley, and Insana’s study of 479 college freshman students, they tested their hypothesis that, “increased exposure to movies that glorify college drinking [would] impact…viewers’ beliefs about the role of alcohol in college life”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 923). They did test this by showing a range of college movies that promote the excessive consumption of alcohol to these students. After watching these movies the students were given two questionnaires about a month apart, the results of both showed a connection between these movies and freshman year drinking. At the end of their study they wrote, “exposure to movies glorifying the college drinking culture was found to have direct and indirect effects on the drinking behaviors of college freshmen”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 930).

The study done by Andrew Graham and Jean Adams showed the correlation between alcohol marketing and advertisements at sporting events and college aged drinking. They created their study by watching six televised soccer games in the UK and counting the number of visual alcohol references. In their results they wrote, “The six broadcasts lasted a total of 1101 min (18 h and 21 min)…with a mean of 340 and median of 257 per broadcast”(Graham, Adams). In the conclusion of their study they saw that the majority of the images showed, “encouraging overconsumption or associating alcohol with social or sexual success, irresponsible behaviour”(Graham, Adams).

Even though both studies were testing different things: one testing the correlation between college movies glorifying the consumption of alcohol and college drinking, and the other testing the connection between alcohol marketing at sporting events and college age drinking, they both had very similar results. The results from  Graham and Adams’ study showed that the majority of alcohol advertisements showed, “encouraging overconsumption or associating alcohol with social or sexual success, irresponsible behaviour”(Graham, Adams). It is also a known fact that any college humor movie shows the encouragement of overconsumption, irresponsible behavior, and social and sexual success with the consumption of alcohol. So it only makes sense that both college movies and sporting advertisements have an effect on college drinking.

It is important in this day and age to understand how easily one can be made to think and believe the social and environmental norms of any college consists of an excessive amount of  alcohol consumption and binge drinking, yet this is not the reality.  

 

Graham, Andrew, and Jean Adams. “Alcohol Marketing in Televised English ProfessionalFootball:A Frequency Analysis.” Alcohol and Alcoholism (2013): n. pag. Print.

Osberg, Timothy M., Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Insana. “From Animal House to OldSchool: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences.” Addictive Behaviors 37.8 (2012): 922-30. Print.


In the academic article and study, “”From Animal House to Old School: A Multiple Mediation Analysis of the Association between College Drinking Movie Exposure and Freshman Drinking and Its Consequences,” written and composed by Timothy Osberg, Katherine Billingsley, and Maribeth Isana, they ask the question:  does “exposure to college drinking movies exerts indirect effects on freshman drinking”(Osberg, Billingsley,Isana, 922). They also believed exposure to college movies that glorified the drinking of alcohol would make even the nondrinking high school student create the idea that drinking is essential to the college experience.   

In order to test their ideas surrounding the relationship between college movies glorifying  drinking and freshman year alcohol consumption they came up with the hypothesis that “increased exposure to movies that glorify college drinking [would] impact…viewers’ beliefs about the role of alcohol in college life”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 923). They conducted a study on 181 men and 298 women who were incoming freshman by showing them a range of movies from the classic Animal House to more recent ones such as Van Wilder. A month after viewing such movies the participants were given a questionnaire, and another a month later. Due to the mean results on both tests it was shown that exposure to such movies does have a correlation with freshman year drinking.

At the end of their almost semester-long study of about 479 college freshmen they proved their hypothesis.  In their conclusion they wrote, “exposure to movies glorifying the college drinking culture was found to have direct and indirect effects on the drinking behaviors of college freshmen”(Osberg, Billingsley, Isana, 930).


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Although I spent most of my youth watching old Westerns on “my pick” family movie nights, more than any Dudley Doo Right antics, I thrived on the nights when my dad would secretly screen raunchy college flicks with me, something we would avidly deny if my mom or sister ever caught on. It was from these movies – this culture of endless parties, no responsibility, and hidden from my household authorities – after which I developed a vision of my own college years. Since my arrival on Colorado University of Boulder’s campus, I have realized that things aren’t as simple as Hollywood led me to believe. Sure the fraternity houses exist and time off seems endless, but the reality is that I am here to learn. No matter how much fun I am having, school will always come first and academics will forever be at the back of my mind. When I look forward to this oncoming year I don’t just see the fairytale painted for me by Hollywood executives; rather, I am learning that with perseverance and dedication I can still experience the college world I saw in films, as long as I give priority to the shots unseen.