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November-December 2012

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Listening to Students: No More Training Wheels

“Coaching? What, like they think that after eighteen years we still need someone to tell us how to live like functional adults? You're not going, are you?”

That was the first I heard about InsideTrack, the “coaching” service Chapman University provided to us incoming freshmen, free of charge. None of us really knew much about it, but we had the idea that this was some kind of adult babysitter—someone to make sure that we did our homework, kept the partying to a reasonable level, and didn't put on the “freshman fifteen” solely via the Student Center's pizza (seriously, that stuff was addictive). I knew a lot of my peers had decided they were above this and planned to blow it off. I'll admit I too was a bit skeptical at first, but my sense of curiosity urged me to go anyway.

Josh Berman ( is a published author and screenwriting student at Chapman University in Orange, California. After he graduates, he hopes to pursue a career in the film industry.

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