Visiting Reverend Asks, What Does it Mean To Be an Adult?

strasburger2A group of students gathered recently in the upstairs chamber of Massachusetts Hall, Bowdoin’s oldest building, to hear a talk by Rev. Frank Strasburger. Over the decades, hundreds of young people have gathered in this room, which as used as a seminar room and meeting place, to discuss all sorts of challenging questions.

On this night, Strasburger addressed a query that likely has crossed the minds of many college students: When were they finally adults?

Strasburger, the author of Growing Up: Limiting Adolescence in a World Desperate for Adults, was Princeton’s chaplain for 10 years and is the parent of three Bowdoin graduates. Read the full story.

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  1. Herman F. Holbrook '81 says:

    “Although it is not a formally correct use of the term, Reverend is sometimes used alone, without a name, as a reference to a member of the clergy and treated as a normal English noun requiring a definite or indefinite article (e.g. We spoke to the reverend yesterday.). It is never correct, though, to form the plural Reverends. Some dictionaries, however, do place the noun rather than the adjective as the word’s principal form, owing to an increasing use of the word as a noun among people with no religious background or knowledge of traditional styles of ecclesiastical address.” [Wikipedia, ‘The Reverend’

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