Tag Archives: rite of passage


RUSSEFEIRING

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: So Russefeiring is a celebration of graduates from high school… I guess high school, sort of… The age is kind of in between high school and college I think, ‘cause most of them are 18 or 19. Um, but, you know, they’re ending a three-year academic education. And so they celebrate in… Continue Reading »

FRATERNITY HELL WEEK

MAIN PIECE:  Informant: I think this is like our second or third day into Hell Week, and we had had some kind of––we were in the courtyard, and they’d given us these giant bowls of chocolate pudding… And it turned into a food fight. So we had, like, just gone nuts, or you know… Spitting… Continue Reading »

Med Student’s First Coat

Main Description: RA: “One of the most exciting, I remember, things in medical school, other than graduation, is getting the white coat and stethoscope before beginning clinical rotations, the first time we’re allowed, as med students, to start practicing basic techniques on living people. These weren’t the long coats that go down to your feet,… Continue Reading »

Senior ditch day

Main description: AB: “Can you tell me about any traditions from your high school that stick out or seem special?” DB: “Um, the only thing I can think of is senior ditch day. I don’t know if you wanna hear about that though, it’s kinda dumb. AB: “Ditch day sounds great! Tell me about it.”… Continue Reading »

Facebook Senior Names

Background:  My informant, AK, is a 19 year old student at the University of Michigan. She was born and raised in Southern California and is studying engineering. While in high school, AK was an active member and team captain of her school’s swim team. She attended the school from kindergarten until she graduated and knew… Continue Reading »