My second autoethnography topic is going to me on picky eaters. My whole life I have been a picky eater eating your typical foods, pizza, pasta and chicken nuggets. I want to interview my mom since she has had to deal with this regarding cooking dinner and choosing places to go to dinner. I also want to interview a friend that is also a picky eater and another friend that is a very good and open eater.
This is an interesting topic. I was actually talking to a friend about this a few days ago. Would you incorporating what makes people picky about the food they eat?
I think this is a really cool and refreshing topic. I would be interesting in learning about it; I am actually quite the picky eater, too. Perhaps you could also interview the people that run/coordinate the dining hall menus, etc. and see what they have to say about the topic.
Also, you could touch base on the psychology of eating/choice of foods. I'm sure there's got to be a ton of research on it.
There was a recent NYT blog about this from a blogger I like (Parents Need to Eat Too author) and the best reference/authority I know is Ellen Sattyr (sp?), author of many books including "How to get your kids to eat . . . ".
This is such a creative topic. I am honestly excited to see this project. I wonder if picky eating is learned, hereditary, or just because the food does not appeal to them.
The relationship between family income and the educational opportunities to which children have access.
I think you can do a lot with this topic, especially with researching the affordability of higher education opportunities, such as college, for different family incomes. Who are you planning on interviewing?
Sounds interesting! Who do you plan on interviewing?
This is actually something I would be legitimately interested in reading, as I would like to see what you find. I hope that you can stay neutral with your political views, because this can tend to be a touchy political subject. If you manage this, then this should be a great text.
I'm thinking graphics will be helpful; lots of recent infographics of color-coded US maps regarding stats on poverty and education and public education . . .
This topic interests me immensely. I know there are a myriad of individuals that you can interview. There might be a slight hindrance however. You must find a way to ask people about their financial situations without offending them. Other than that, I believe this project will go by smoothly.
For my autothenography I was planning on researching the lifestyles of first generation children. My interview subjects will be composed of my dad, an immigrant from India, my friend Sana, a first generation child, and my cousin Kavita, another first generation child.
Your topic sounds really interesting and that's what I'm curious about too. I'm excited to see your website when you're done with the final project!
My topic for the second autoethnography is the problem of social media in today's society, with an emphasis on the use and misuse of social media platforms by teenagers. I know there's a lot of research available on this topic, so I don't think I'll have an issue writing about it or finding the necessary information. I am both an insider and an outsider to this "group." I have some friends who have had negative experiences on social media (facing consequences for certain postings, etc.), and I have had one myself. I also hope to cover (or at least touch base on) issues with the social networking endeavors of major public figures, perhaps comparing them to teenagers in some way. I plan on concluding with a highlight on the advantages and benefits of social media.
As for my interview subjects, I will interview a few friends from high school, a current teammate, a former teacher of mine, a family friend (who is a teacher), and one of my parents.
Hey Chris, I really like this subject. It's really relevant in today's society and you will have no problems finding resources and people to interview. I also like that you have a very good mix of potential interview subjects. I can't wait to see the rest of your project.
I think what you want to research on is the issue nowadays people really need to discuss and investigate and I believe the results of your research will be very instructive.
I really liked your topic and I am sure you'll find lots of resources regarding this issue. I further agree that sometimes social media, without any control mechanism, can be very harmful to people as posts may result in severe consequences. Also, look for the fact that whether what we post on social media remains in the source's database forever or not and the source is allowed to share it with anyone in case it's necessary and how it conflicts/does not conflict with the privacy of one's own.
My topic will be about wrestling and lifestyle required to be a successful wrestler. I would interview my coaches who have trained my and taught me so much, not only about the sport, but about myself. In addition, I would also interview fellow teammates who have either graduated or are still wrestling at my school. I would ask them what has the sport taught you and how has it helped you.In addition, I would interview students who play or played other sports at my school and ask them various questions about their sports and their impressions on wrestling.
I can't wait to read this. Gee, it's harder than I realized to write detailed responses to these. No, seriously, I like the specificity of your topic.
As a sports fan, I really like your topic. I also like that you are delving beyond the surface and are going deep into your research. I think it's especially important that you are covering all bases and viewpoints (i.e. coaches, yourself, teammates).
For my second autoethnograpghy, I want to write about the teens who form rock bands in school. I have two friends, a guy and a girl, who have formed their own rock bands with friends in high school and both of them are singers in the bands. I've watched several of their bands' performance in school and also know well of their love for music as well as rock and roll. Maybe generally, the stereotype people hold for teenagers who form rock bands in high school is that they are crazy, indulgent, or even rebellious and counter-cultural. However, as I observed, they could be more descried as a group of people full of dreams, passion and individuality. They just love music, love life and love freedom and they just do it. I really want to explore more about this group of people and now I find one related films about the high school rock band, but the secondary sources related to this topic seem a little. Also, I haven't met any American students who form their own rock bands in school. I think if I can do an interview with an American school rock band my research will be more comprehensive.
This is so interesting. I don't think you have to have that "comparative" aspect in order to be legitimate and comprehensive. A lot of times students think they must compare; it's like some idea that it's more scientific that way. Not that there would be anything wrong with a cross-cultural look.
My topic would revolve around photographers, and how their work is underrated by most of society. As an insider in the group I will show an insiders view into the world of a photographer, his struggles, his expertise, and how it's a very exciting craft that not everybody who has access to a DSLR or high end camera can succeed in. My love for photography will be expressed, giving insight to my view on the subject, great works of photography that have influenced society will be presented, blogs on the subject will be quoted and taken into account, among other forms of research. Interview subjects would consist of: probably 1 or 2 photographers and 1 or 2 people who are neutral, this way seeing what a normal person would think about the subject vs what a professional would say.
I like the idea how you would interview a few people that are neutral about photography. It will help you show a full perspective on photography, not just photography enthusiasts/ photographers. Which people do you think are neutral to photography?
My topic for my final autoethnography will be revolving around body image. It is a struggle that everyone faces, as society has set these unrealistic expectations of people that are actually photoshopped to perfection. My story will be revolving around women dealing with this issue as there seems to be more pressure upon the females to be this 'perfect' woman. Women are constantly working for that 'bikini body' or wrinkle-free skin with collagen-infused cream (which doesn't actually work) but being bogged down by campaigns that women are modeling for (and photoshopped) to sell the products. Also, insecurities such as bloating or acne can cause a woman to feel extremely self-conscious and depressed.
Also, my interview subjects would be three women, as body image is a universal issue.
That sounds like a great topic for research and interviewing as well. I know there is a lot of information out there about how social media affects the way females view themselves!
Yes, and since we are in multimodal class, including visual aspects with examples: there was a recent article about the psychological effects of retouching/photoshopping.
I am thinking about writing about working with people with mental disabilities at Special Olympics. I just recently started volunteering to work with some Special Olympics swimmers when I came to Emory and it has been a really great experience. For research I could investigate how they learn and then interview some of the participants and other volunteers.
I love your topic. I feel like you could find a lot of material to aid in your research that covers special needs and the Special Olympics.
Wow, I love this! I'm looking forward to seeing what you find. Maybe in addition to interviewing the participants, you can interview their family to, to see how their experience has been with training them and watching them grow up and learn and train.
I think I'm going to write about social media addiction for my second autoethnography and I got this idea when I was checking updates on Chinese Facebook. I want to interview my roommate and 2 other friends of mine.
This sounds good, as social sites are prevalent and seems to have everyone's attention.
The relationship between learning/creativity and physical activity.
which one sounds more interesting?
Do you mean you're going to study either the relationship between physical activity and one of learning/creativity? Or you're going to study the relationship between learning and one of creativity/physical activity?
Anyways, I think it would be really interesting to learn about the relationship between creativity and physical activity. I don't know how much research there is on the topic. It's definitely unique, and I think it might be a little bit difficult to execute. But if done right, I think it could be a really cool study.
Sorry, for the comparison I was referring to the idea I posted earlier.
I'm confused as Chris is, though I saw your comment below. Would you mind clarifying?
Dealing with ones fears is something that people keeping working on their entire life some. However the way they deal with it might differ some try to run away from them and ignore it while others challenge it and make an effort to overcome them. I believe college is that time of your life where you are trying to explore who you are and in this process of finding yourself you face a lot of your fears. My auto ethnography is how do people overcome this challenge of facing their fears. I want to interview a few of my friends who are in college as well as my parents as they are much older than us and way out of college but still have fears that they wish to overcome.
This is an interesting idea. My only concern is that it might be too general. What type of fears are you talking about? Are you going to group people into their responses to certain common fears?
I had the same question as Sammie. What fears did you have in mind? I think it needs to be specified more.
Topic: I would like to explore the topic of athletes who participate in team sports. It is said by many that putting your child in a team sport at an early age can be a huge benefit for them. It builds character, teamwork, leadership, and the ability to face adversity, and the ability of knowing how to win and lose. It is also said that team sports keep your child out of trouble by keeping them occupied most of the time, and since their building a strong bond with their teammates, they'll be spending time with kids who have similar values, goals, and expectations. I want to see if all of these things are true.
Interviews: For this topic I could interview various team sports athletes from those who have been doing it all their life, to those who joined a team sport recently. This way, I can effectively find the difference between those who are part of a team and those who are not.
Nice idea.From your interviews it seems that you're trying to find out whether there's a difference joining a team as a kid and just joining later on in life.
I like Clinton's comment. Also you could comment on this as a recent-ish trend, getting earlier and more prevalent and more serious early on etc. Also how does this effect kids who are not super-talented in sports who may then not participate since leagues may get competitive early? Also competing research on the need for kids to have unstructured time (not always what parents want). I am very interested in this topic! Also my 5 year old just completed his second "season" of t-ball with a local volunteer-run sports organization.
I'm not 100% sure about this topic, but I thought it would be interesting to research the seniors of the Goizueta School of Business. Business is such a unpredictable career path so many of the seniors have a wide range of plans for when they graduate. Some of them already have jobs at big corporations lined up. I also think it would be interesting to note the personalities one needs and/or acquires in a top ranked business school.
The second idea I have is a little less out there. I would write the autoethnography about students from Alaska that go to other states for college. It was a very interesting transition for me so I'm sure a lot of my classmates had similar experiences.
Other than those two ideas I'm still trying to think of more..
Great. It's also so helpful to get alumni stories. Can you use an alumni network to get subjects? Business schools are usually good at this.
My topic would be on whether being seriously involved in sports or clubs benefits academics and social life.
Your topic is interesting and I like how it targets a large audience! I think it would also be cool to interview subjects who aren't in any sports or clubs and see how the two's social and academic lives differ.
For my second autoethnography, I would like to write about the relationship between social networking service (such as Facebook, twitter, tumblr) and how it can negatively affect one’s well-being. I spend a good chunk of time every day on Facebook, scrolling through people’s stories and news, but at times, rather than giving me a sense of entertainment or leisure, social networking service can be overwhelming. Some of my friends spam my newsfeed by updating their statuses every hour or so, and I realized their relationships in real life aren’t so solid. Therefore, throughout this project, I would like to observe the effect of social networking service on people’s lives, and how it may have negative impact on people at times.
I think this is something we can all relate to. Good idea. Hopefully there's enough secondary sources out there which you can use along with your personal research.
I really like this topic because it is so relevent. Social networks are so new to us that we can't quite see it's long term effects so this would be really interesting to examine. I think that you shouldn't be quite as closed minded about social media being a bad thing when you are conducting research. I mean we are so obsessed with it for a reason you should try to explore why that is!
For my project, I want to explore the topic of books. Specifically , I want see if leisurely reading is truly dying out as a hobby and if so, why and what factors contribute to it. I have one specific friend in mind who is a creative writing major who I want to interview, however I will try to keep future possible interview subjects as diverse as possible.
I find this topic quite intriguing. I have been curious about this in the past. Lately, I have noticed that there are a select few that read for pleasure. I am not sure however, if these are just the people I am surrounded by or if reading is gradually dying out as a hobby. Great Topic!!!
For my second autoethnography, I'd like to explore college freshman and how they adjust to college. Specifically, I want to touch on topics such as time management, balancing academics with sports/extracurriculars, living away from home, making new friends, etc.
I like your topic because it applies to everyone since we all go through that transition.
I started doing something like this for my first autoethnography and ran into a few complications. It was challenging finding good results because every freshman's transition is different. In order to get accurate results you will most likely have to interview a lot of people, or else find two people that are strongly opposites and compare them. My suggestion would be to narrow down your topics to something specific (for example I chose to focus on religions affect on college transition). This will make it easier to have meaningful discussions and conclusions about your data. Goodluck!
I like Annie's idea about zeroing in on a point or points of comparison. I myself would replace the term "accurate" with the term "meaningful": you are striving to get the most meaningful and interesting discussion going, so it has to go beyond some of the things we already know about setting alarm clocks and boundaries and such. Nice recent article about "snowplow" parents you can google: parents overly involved in college students' "problems" do not let them transition.
My topic will be about my dorm people. I live in Dobbs 3rd right and Dobbs is known for a close and tight environment. I was going to research about how dorm life affects the first year of college. My interview subjects will be my RA, SA, and my roommate.
Great topic! I live in Dobbs too and I am very looking forward to find out more about your project. Is there any specific aspect of how dorm life affects college life that you want to focus on?
I suggest you also take a look at Hamilton Holmes. I've heard that the Holmies are super-close and perfect example for residence hall life in Emory's first year.
I am thinking about conducting research about sibling relationships. I am curious about how having a positive relationship with a male sibling shapes a females life. I have an older brother; I have a friend with a younger brother; and I have another friend with both an older and a younger brother. I also have a male friend with a female twin, but I am not sure if his information would fit in with my research. Every combination of siblings is represented through these friends. All of us consider our relationships with our siblings very positive, so I am interested in discovering how these relationships effect our daily lives.
I think this is a great idea. How siblings can both motivate or knock his or her sibling off course due to many varying reasons. Also maybe you can compare positive/negative sibling relationships/lives with that of an only child.
This sounds like an awesome idea. I think you should definitely include the research you collect from the twin relationship because then your autoethnography will include pretty much all the common sibling relationships, plus, I think it'll make your topic even more interesting.
The only reason I am a little questionable about the twin information is because their relationship is not necessarily "positive." I think I am going to try to focus on how a strong connection between siblings provides helpful and meaningful support. But I will consider it and talk to him to see if he would like to be included in my research. Thanks!
I really like this idea because I have a younger sister and although I know her effect on me as a sibling I don't really have a good idea of how I affect her as a sibling. I think that it is interesting to observe the relationships from a gender-related perspective, or at least examining them from an angle with which I am not familiar.
I was thinking about doing a similar topic, I was thinking about doing research on the affects of having siblings versus not having siblings can have on shaping an individual. For instance, does having siblings make someone more extroverted, introverted or maybe doesn't even have an effect.
That sounds really interesting! I will let you focus on the only children, but if you need any information about siblings I can ask my interviewees if they wouldn't mind me sharing my discovers with you for your research as well.
For my autoethnography, I am going to explore college student passion. I want to interview a few college students about their passions and interests in and outside of Emory.
For my second autoethnography project, I plan on writing about the gay community. I will focus on the struggles that the community has faced over time, as well as the changing views and fight for equality. I myself have a best friend who is gay. I have heard about her experiences throughout her life as well as experienced some of the struggles she faces on a daily basis. Therefore, I have a first hand passion for supporting the community and can contribute my own thoughts on the matter. I plan on interviewing her, as well as other gay individuals. I can contribute an account as a best friend of someone who is gay and I was thinking about possibly interviewing parents with gay children for another angle on the issue.
Good topic! I am really looking forward to read about the last angle regarding the parents.
For my second auto-ethnography, I will be researching Kleine Levin Syndrome (KLS). During high school, I have battled KLS and continue to battle it. During an episode of KLS, I’m unaware of how it is to live/deal with me. So, I want to research more about KLS and how people, friends and family, handle their loved ones during an episode and how they act when that loved one is not experiencing an episode. This project will teach my readers and myself what exactly KLS is, how it is to live with someone who has KLS, but most importantly, spread the word about an extremely rare disorder that most doctors have never heard of so that there can be more awareness and proper dragonesses.
Good topic! I like it that it will be based on a true story!
It will be a great service to people to promote research on such a rare disease.
I mean "syndrome."
For my second auto ethnograpy, I am considering doing students that are undecided and the stresses that go along with it. I want to see how different students cope with an obscure.
I liked the topic! But I wonder if there are any specific research regarding this issue.
I am almost positive that international students will be the topic for my second autoethnography. I have already met many students from all over the world, and I'd enjoy researching them individually and analyzing them as a group. I'm curious to discover any similarities they may all share. Also, as someone who has lived in one state for my whole life (except for college), I think my project could be eye-opening for me.
I really like your topic! And I think it is going to be very interesting since there may be a comparison between two related but also opposite groups.
Awesome topic. Are you trying to use only international freshman or international students of all years?
Actually I have two topics at present but don't know which one is better.
The first one is about being in a relationship in freshman year. I'm an outsider to this group of people but have great interest in why and how they form a relationship and how they are going to deal with everything in freshman year together. I have friends around that are in a relationship so I'm going to interview them. The only problem is that such experience and feeling could be very personal and they may not want to share much.
The second one is about freshman struggling with freshmen fifteen. The end of first semester is around the corner and I really want to know how everyone is dealing with this problem. In this group I'm not an outsider any more and I have actual experience and feelings myself. I could interview these people in gym or friends around me since lots of freshmen are fighting with such issue and it's not going to be hard to let people share ideas about their ways of struggling.
I think both topics are very interesting! For the first topic, I just want to know that is there a specific group of people that you want to focus on or are you going to consider the freshmen as a whole. For the second project, I like it very much because I am also fighting the freshmen fifteen.
Both of your ideas are interesting. I think you should choose the topic that you relate most to because you'll have more insight on it and can reflect on your personal experience more. If you do write about the "freshmen 15" struggle, you should ask people how their diets and lifestyles have changed since college, if/when/how they realized they were dealing with the problem, and why they think it exists? Is it a serious problem or just an overused common term?
Both of these topics are absolutely amazing! You should use the one that you find more interesting, or the one you can relate to better.
I am going to write about a special program i was in when I was in High school. In High school, I was lucky enough to enter a program initiated by Wuhan Foreign Language School and Tufts University, where high school students spends first two years in China completing the Chinese High School student requirements, and the third year in the US to prepare for applying to US college. I am going to focus on how we, as a group, survive in the US, how this experience change our relationships, and what kind of problem we face as foreign students. Also, for the scholarly article, I want to focus on the more and more popular "study abroad" trend in china, and make comments and discussions in this topic.
This I find most intriguing: "how we as a group survive in the U.S."
My second auto-ethnography will likely be about collegiate athletes and their choice to play a sport in college. I will draw insight on the topic from my current experience on Emory's volleyball team as well as by interviewing friends on other sports teams (ie. basketball and swim). I want to investigate why other athletes chose to play for Emory, why some chose a D3 over a D1 team, the balance between school work, a social life, and athletics, and how being an athlete shapes his or her identity.
I really like this idea because I do think that balance between sports, school, work and a social life is one of the most challenging things. It will be interesting to hear how individuals from different sports may respond differently, and how they all have commonalities. I especially like the idea of focusing on how the sports can shape identity.
Yes, and it's an interesting twist on Ross's topic below (?), in regards to the idea of choice, since not everyone gets the choice (it is rather an elite group. I don't mean elite necessarily in terms of privilege . . . )
I love your idea, I find that interesting. Two of my friends from highschool, had to choose between playing for a D3 and D1 team, and one chose to play football for the University of Miami, a D1 team, and the other chose to play for williams college a D3 team. My friend that chose Miami, said he couldn't see himself persuing anything else besides football in his future, so felt that playing D1 was the best for him. However, My friend that went with the D3 school, said he knew he wanted to be a lawyer, and williams is an excellent school academically, and he got a lot of money on top of that.
I have two ideas for my Emory topic. The first is about college athletes. Although I am not a college athlete, I was a three sport varsity athlete in high school, and was captain of al three teams. I would like to interview a college athlete and then compare that to my experience and see the differences. What pushed them across that border into getting recruited? Was it more dedication, better athletic opportunities, or parents that had a vision when they were young? The second topic that I am contemplating is children with family businesses and trust funds. I want to explore how they view college compared with someone who is not so blessed? How do they feel after they do poorly in a class compared to someone who does not have the same opportunities and does poorly? Do they still feel like they need to do well or is there life set and they know what their path is
I like both topics. I think the second one is extremely interesting and could offer a lot of insight into how money really does affect the way we as students look at college education. I would be very interested to read your report to see what you find out.
Me too, and again I will say that we do not have to get too caught up in the comparative aspect: that is, I think students have a quantitative-based idea about a "control group."
For my analytic autoethnography, I am going to analyze the trend of studying abroad among college students. Almost everyone is more or less interested in studying abroad at some point of their lives, but how many of us (students) have actually ended up going abroad? I am also curious about what drives us to study abroad or stay in our home country. Does studying abroad really pay off? When did students start studying abroad? Who was the first international student at Emory / in the United States? To conduct my research, I will interview couple of friends including one from my high school who went to Europe, one who stayed in Turkey and one friend at Emory who has already studied abroad or will be in the near future to further investigate the reasons that triggered them to study abroad. I am thinking about supporting my research by going to CIPA at Emory and gathering more information and statistics.
I'm interested in the difference between an entire education abroad vs. one year/ one semester. Also there is uneven traffic, isn't there, with lots of people coming to the U.S. for four years or more (other countries too) . . . what if you could do a traffic flow map? Wouldn't that be cool? Showing who goes where in what numbers.
For my second autoethnography I am thinking about writing about family backgrounds. I come from a close knit family of six, my mom, dad, brother and two sisters. Although we definitely can get on each others nerves, we are best friends. Whenever we are together, we always manage to have the best time regardless of what we are doing. I will interview my siblings, in addition to interviewing my friend who is an only child, and lives with just her mother. For my research component, I am thinking about researching how family background may shape a person.
So large, close-knit families. Interesting. Very personal obviously.
This is a really good topic. I also have a close knit family of six and I think it'd make for a great autoethnography.
I'm doing my auto ethnography on the effect of volunteering. I want to explore the differences in perspectives between people who volunteer and those who choose to do other things. I will compare those who volunteer abroad with those who volunteer in the U.S. I will also compare people who choose to focus their time on other activities, such as clubs, jobs, school, sports etc. I want to see the difference volunteering makes when one talks about different topics and how it broadens perspectives on certain aspects of life.
Great. What are some of your assumptions going into this? What benefits have you gotten from volunteering?
This sounds like a great topic. The only possible problem could be finding individuals that have volunteered abroad. Are you using Emory students that volunteer or just volunteers in general?
Originally wanted to do video games but was previously done last semester. Decided examine the relationship of technology and day to day life.
To narrow the scope of my research , I am debating on focusing on one of two topis.
First idea and the most likely idea would be the relationship of technology and education. The group I would be focusing on is students and educators. There are many pros and cons of technology in education. I would focus on discussing them and how they relate to the group. And whether or not students and educators have the same lines of thinking towards technology.
Second topic idea would be related to mobile technology and day to day life. Parts of day to day life effected by mobile technology are communication, working, and entertainment. Consumers have naturally always want to become more mobile. There is usually a trade off of mobility and productivity when using mobile technology vs is non-mobile counterpart. Critics of mobile technology call the technology more disruptive than productive. I would aim to explore the relationship to mobile technology with day to day life to find out whether or not it is more disruptive than productive.
This was a spring 2015 forum. We mostly used our Facebook group for discussion forum.