Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Alyson Spurgas


“Binge-drinking” cannot simply be recognized as a feature of campus culture, but as the product of a profoundly alienating one, made strikingly evident by our creation of a separate world (“drunk world”). We have created a small world of impossible possibles that exists in the corners of the actual; a separate world, in which the imagining of the self, other, and the world, is not only permissible but promoted. At the heart of college students’ “partying hard” is a longing, hope, and dogged determination that the liberating and unifying aspects of this world can overwhelm the actual...and in the meantime we are just glad it helps us endure it.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.