Human nature tends to take things for granted when we have a proliferation of something in specific. It’s the case with photography. As we are all fortunate to have access to a camera of sorts, we create the conception that photography can be done by “anybody” and “easily” Throughout my auto ethnography I will give you an insider’s view into the world of photography. From great historic photographs to social projects that connect people and communicate ideals. The covers will be taken off the myth of the “rock star life” that photographers are said to live and in it’s place we will see the great work, time, and on occasions blood and sweat that is shed to accomplish photographic tasks. All in all, I invite you to view life through the eyes of the person behind the lens.
Great: now what about your sources? Tell us what they say?
Wow, this is a very interesting topic, I wonder how I missed it before... Anyways, I think that your review of literature is more of a summary or a plan for your project, when instead it should be more of a plan guided by your sources.
Regardless of who you are, every single person has a flaw. It is human nature to be imperfect; however, this perception of imperfection can cause a person to feel tormented by their own body. Body image is flawed mentally, emotionally, and physically. One could wish to become a more charitable person or one could wish to have the physique of Hercules. My analytical research will be focused on the physical aspects of body image and how the mind of a woman copes with pressure of appearing 'perfect' in this day in age. With technological enhancement tools such as photoshop, people, mostly women, are conned into believing that the model actually appear that way in reality. From a positive or negative body image, most women gravitates toward the negative aspects (Body Image). There is more to this negative body image than just mentality. It could be a result of psychiatric illness called 'Body Dysmorphic Disorder' (TeensHealth). It could be result from a preexisting disorder of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Costa). Regardless of the origin, there are many resources offered to aid those battling this negative shroud around their distorted perceptions of beauty (Burgard; Real Beauty Sketches).
I think with the sources you cite, your research goes beyond the ordinary observations and commentary of body images. Your research will be more objective and analytical with those scientific sources.
I agree with Lydia that your research goes beyond the ordinary, Sang. It is fascinating to think about this as a widespread phenomenon not just a "disease" that a few people suffer.
I find this topic intriguing and one necessary to address. I feel that your resources should be utilized more. The first half of this review of literature makes this seem like a proposal.
It has been an incredible experience working with the Special Olympic swimming population. Even though I have been involved for only a few months, it’s amazing to see how the swimmers can grow in such a short period of time. Developmental disabilities come in a whole spectrum of symptoms, actions, and treatment. Thus based on the variety of types of developmental disabilities, different learning and treatment is needed based on the individual. (CDC) The APD (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) handbook covers an enormous amount of information about individual rights, teaching, and the spectrum of disabilities. It classifies the different disabilities based on symptoms of the individuals. The talk that Dr. Ami Klin held was full of philosophy about working with children with these challenges and his main point was to talk about the “perspective of the other” and how we can incorporate this idea into communicating and more importantly forming a connection with these children. (Klin) He takes a much more positive approach to working with people with developmental disabilities. He says that it’s important to hone in on strengths of the individuals, not the aspects that hold the person back from functioning fully in society.
Very nice. The only thing that I would have to say is that I think in the review of literature, you should be taking excerpts and referencing your sources, not necessarily writing about them. Other than that, beautiful!
Subtle difference but Brian is right; you can work that out in a future draft though. Very inspiring topic.
My whole life I have been deemed a picky eater. My mom struggled every night with what to make me for dinner and when we went out for dinner choosing what I would eat on the menu. Every meal went like this, pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and chicken nuggets. My mom always thought my picky eating was her fault; however, in reality it is not (2,3). Now that I am in college and a young adult I have realized I must grow up a bit and try to expand my horizons (1). All of my friends love going out for sushi and I never want to go because I don’t eat fish. I have gotten myself to eat cucumber roll and fried rice whenever this case presents itself. Growing up I was always that kid that denied trying any new foods when people forced it upon me. Now there are many other ways such as being engaged in cooking that allows kids to want to be adventurous with trying new foods (1).
This is a really interesting topic. I'm interested in the specifics of how being engaged in cooking helps with wanting to try new foods. I'm also curious as to which foods, if any, you've recently discovered that you enjoy.
Me too. The sources are so well integrated into your discussion that you may actually need to pull back a bit and discuss the sources more specifically. But don't lose that meaningful context of your story.
I find this topic very unique. The only comment I have is that the use of sources is not currently prevalent.
Young amateur rock bands are a group of people who we usually hear of or know about but rarely research on and analyze. Influenced by the images of some crazy rock bands, people generally think young adults who form their own bands are indulgent, revolutionary or counter-cultural like the beat generation of 1960s. However, things are usually not what people think of them. The idea of forming a band usually simply comes from teenagers’ love of music and desire for self-expression (“Three Ten-year-old Boys Formed a Band and Play Rock Music”). Also, forming a band allows them to expand their network and gain respect of peers, and it is understandable that some of them seek for stardom when they have a rock band (“Milwaukee Garage Band: Generation of Grassroots bands”). Furthermore, in some countries such as Afghan, young adults in a rock band address the national problems by singing and playing rock music in their native language. In this regard, forming a rock form is not simply for recreation, but rather for expressions and commentary of social issues. (“Young Afghans Turn to Rock Music”)
Moreover, through playing music in their own bands with their friends, young adults learn to how to better communicate with others, how to better deliver their ideas to others and how to better respond to others’ opinions. Forming a band is also a process of understanding and coordinate each other (“Almost Famous”). Then, members in an amateur rock band will work together to develop their own band. Although they are just in the beginning level of playing music in a band, they will also have chances to perform in a concert or a music festival (“How Can Rock Bands Formed by College Students Develop”).
You're topic is unique and interesting and I think it would be cool if you put a link to some good music by an amateur rock band on your site.
Great idea Joseph. What a fascinating and original topic.
This is a very unique topic. The sources seem to be integrated well into your review of literature!
Wrestling. It is a sport and it is a lifestyle. Many people overlook the dedication and drive that wrestlers have compared to other famous sports around the world. In many cases, when an athlete is done competing or practicing for the day, his job as an athlete is done for the day until the next day he competes. However, this is not the case for wrestlers. When the practice is over or when the match has finished, wrestlers must self discipline themselves and better themselves off the mat. They cannot rely on other people to become a successful wrestler. This is because wrestling is a sport that involves only you and your opponent. Because of such a mentality, wrestlers are not only acknowledged as some of the world’s best athletes, but also as some of the world’s best employees.
I love the writing. Now what about your sources?
Ethan: you posted elsewhere a question about posting your more recent version. Yes, go ahead.
Great job so far you guys! Remember to cite using MLA in-text citation (author name here: it's easy). See Purdue OWL linked to class page.
I furthered edited it. Should I post the updated version?
An increasingly popular major among freshman is being undecided. Interest and abilities, avoidance behavior, social and moral attitude and risk taking are some of the major factors that affect one decision about a major (Virginia N. Gordon). The locus of control and fear of success determine the difference between students who have declared a major from those who haven’t. Karen M. Taylor in her article says that college students that are undecided about their major have higher locus of control i.e. they depend on events occurring based on internal factors like (ability, effort) and external factors like (luck, chance and fate). Also the undecided students have more fear of success than decided students do. Virginia N. Gordon also addresses the issue that some students try to choose their majors rashly just to avoid the crisis of being undeclared. However, Steve Jobs urges the audience in his speech to keep looking for that one thing that one is passionate about and should settle for nothing less than that. But its not just the undecided majors who are actually undecided. Robert M. Orndroff and Edwin L. Herr in their article state that the students with declared majors engage more in knowing about themselves i.e. their values, interest and abilities which and that’s why many declared students change their major at least once in his/her four years. Even the declared students have career path uncertainty though the level of uncertainty is less as compared to undeclared students. (Robert M. Orndroff and Edwin L. Herr). Steve Job’s in the video says ‘Stay Hungry, Stay foolish’ by this he means one should keep looking and exploring and do the things that they truly wish to do rather than being pressurized by external factors like family, friends and society
I like how you mentioned that even declared majors have uncertainty about their future career paths. As an undeclared student I always assumed declared majors knew what they were doing with their lives and had everything all planned out.
You have incorporate a lot of sources - just be careful not to borrow their writing without attributing it. Now you need to transform this more into your own voice and into the context of your topic. You have done a great job gathering interesting sources.
In today’s American society, few people can claim that their life is not consumed by media, technology, and social networking. It would seem as though “old-fashioned” hobbies such as picking up a book to read would be a lost art with the constant vibrations of our phones going off every other five minutes. However, research indicates that this may not be the case. While less and less people are picking up a physical book to read, Kindles, e-books, and tablets are rising in popularity (Minzesheimer). In fact, modern technology may even be encouraging more people to read a particular book when they learn about it through social media (Johnson). Sites dedicated to discussions and forum boards allow people from all over the world to share their thoughts and opinions about popular novels. Inevitably, the way people read and why people are evolving as technology evolves, but the idea that people read for leisure remains very much the same.
I think this is great because you get a good idea of your topic and how you will be incorporating your research into your autoethnography.
I think this is an interesting topic and it's clear as to how you'll be incorporating your sources in your analytical ethnography.
I have always been a supporter of real books, but recently I've been using only electronic mediums to read. I think it would be really cool to see the evolution of reading from paper to electronic and to hear how other peoples' opinions of and preferences for modern reading.
You have incorporated your sources with great grace. Congratulations.
There is a variety of sources discussing the correlation between exercise and brain activity. Some are magazine and newspaper articles, while others are more scholarly research papers. Though each of these focuses on slightly different things related to the topic, they all discuss or conclude that aerobic exercise increases brain activity in ways that enhance creativity. One thing that stood out was the fact that all of the sources also focused on aerobic exercise, specifically running. A few suggested that it is important for research to be done to analyze the effects of other forms of exercise on brain activity, but none provided any conclusive information on this. One source stated that the positive effects of aerobic exercise on creativity are not very high, but that they are visible immediately after the exercise, and remain visible to the same degree even two hours after the end of the exercise. However, this source provided no additional information. Though it did not draw any further conclusions, it did explain the importance of testing the effects of aerobic exercise on the brain in the long term, as well as the importance of finding out whether or not different exercise intensities lead to different effects on the brain. Some sources suggest that the positive effects of aerobic exercise on the brain point to the importance of incorporating aerobic exercise into the workplace, especially in businesses which depend on a high level of creativity and innovation. In fact, one source goes as far as to say that it is necessary for the United States to increase the percentage of its citizens who engage in physical exercise in order for the country to continue to continue to thrive.
I am interested in learning more about this topic. We watched a Ted Talk about the correlation between exercise and brain activity for health class that you might want to link to your autoethnography. My only suggestion for your review of literature is to use the specific name of the source you obtained information from instead of saying "one source said."
Right, and don't repeat the word "source." In the next draft you can put this more in your own terms and the terms of your investigation. Basically it is a bit too close to the sources and now needs to move out towards something that you take even more ownership over.
I wasn't aware that physical activity increases brain activity; definitely a very cool research topic.
This is an interesting topic but try to avoid directly mentioning your sources as that should be unraveled in your auto ethnography.
(Unfinished) There is no questioning the health benefits of keeping physically active, and you do it yourself, but do you allow yourself the opportunity for the young ones around you to do the same? Sure, pre-adolescents shouldn't be benching or squatting or be anywhere near a treadmill, but there are still lots of very effective ways of keeping them active. One of the most beneficial is enrolling your child in a team sport at an early age. Doing this not only brings along health benefits, but also as an added bonus, the child gets the opportunity to learn about some of the most important social skills and character traits much earlier than other kids - giving them the chance to develop them more than their peers. These include: teamwork, persistence, humility, how to win, how to lose, a great work ethic, etc.
Just a Q I had while reading: Is your autoethnography going to focus on how specifically exercise benefits health or is the focus of your autoethnography on health as a whole (in which case you could talk about eating habits and such).
I really like your topic! I know you are not finished, but don't forget to incorporate your sources into your review of literature. Otherwise, I like your thoughts on how to keep children physically active without overdoing it.
In my autoethnographic research on the transition of international students to college in America, Kimber Williams’s “Easing International Student’s Transition into College and Culture” Emory article will provide the best direct insight into the transitonal life of an international college student. By focusing on both the academic and cultural transitions that the students encounter, Williams’s article allows me to understand the specific struggles of a transitioning international student. Plus, her interview with Beijing-native Yuan Yue provided me with a sort of template to use when I conduct my personal autoethnographic interviews. Furthermore, I find that Michael Sewall’s article compliments Kimber Williams’s very well. Sewall’s piece focuses on the role that the U.S. colleges play in helping to acclimate the international students. Like Williams, Sewall addresses the transition both academically and culturally. Sewall’s “U.S. College Focus on Making International Students Feel More at Home” article allows me to connect the transitional issues that Williams enumerates in her articles with the remedies that U.S. colleges are attempting to provide. Moreover, David Sam’s article regarding international students’ ‘satisfaction with life’ provides a reverse angle and examines the acclamation of international students to countries other than the U.S. I can use this information in a creative way to better assess the effect that America specially has on international students who go to school here.
In addition to articles written about international students specifically, articles about the college transition in general are important in shaping my autoethnography. Frank Lanaan’s work about understanding students in their collegiate transition aims to educate the reader on the students’ needs in their transitional stage. Understanding these needs allow me to compare and contrast the needs of local, domestic to those of students from abroad. Sheryl Ramsay’s work on the ‘relationship between adjustment and support types’ will also provide further information on factors that affect the transitional period for college students. Overall, I will use the secondary sources in conjunction with one another to complete an accurate and whole picture of the first-year international student experience.
You have done a great job getting and digesting sources for your project. Now you need to strip down the writing. It should contain no titles, for example: they slow us way down and become confusing. Also you won't be writing "this source is useful to me." In the next draft, focus on teaching your audience by making things as clear as possible. No need to promise "an accurate and whole picture." Great start!
For the Generation Y, social networking services have been the main source of human interactions and communication. People keep in touch with friends who are miles away, and some even reach out to strangers and become long-lasting friends. As such, social networking service has a huge impact on our lives nowadays; it has become necessary to “market” ourselves online and choose what to project and share. Ever since Facebook emerged in our lives and people started spending hours on it everyday, some have expanded their networks by ten-folds, while others were negatively influenced by it. For some, social networking service is just a source of insecurity, even public humiliation at times. Through my auto-ethnography, I plan to explore how human relationships can be negatively affected by such useful tools such as Facebook and Twitter, and further analyse the causes and effects.
I think this is a very interesting topic. Clearly there are benefits from social networks, but it is important to understand the negative aspects of Facebook and Twitter as well. I am sure you will be able to find many examples and sources supporting your argument because, like you said, many people have been exposed to public ridicule and also have become addicted to online interactions.
The transition from high school to college is not easy for anyone. First semester of college is said to be one of the most stressful times in a teens life. New found independence, navigating the new social scene, and no parental guidance to nag you about homework. Everyone wants to be the coolest kid on campus, get a bid from all the frats, but doing that while maintaining any sort of GPA is hard. Going from a three varsity sport athlete in high school to a no sport athlete in college is also quite the transition. People fizzle out. They become fat and out of shape, and are still talking about their glory days in high school forty years later. There are those who stay in shape and excel in intramural and club sports. But it is hard to do this. It is hard to stay motivated and compete and the next level when you already feel accomplished. Look at all the prodigies that failed in professional sports and all the first round picks that did not make it. It is truly up to the person who is transitioning to learn how to make it in his new environment. Those that are multi-faceted, friendly, and looking to branch out will always succeed socially, and those who are still reminiscing about high school will fail. That is why it is important in life to live in the present, and to always look to leave your comfort zone to try and become a more well rounded human being.
I definitely agree with this. Cool topic
This is a very interesting topic to me. The review of literature draws me in but it seems to lack support from your sources.
Your topic is very evocative. But have you related to your source? I'm looking forward to see it!
Sibling relationships can be very difficult at times. Children argue, physically fight, and verbally abuse each other. With this being said, having a positive family relationship can significantly effect a child's life. A lot of research has been conducted about how sibling relationships influence the personalities of kids. "Of all the factors that shape your personality - your genes, your parents, your peers - siblings are at the top, according to one major theory of human development," (The Science of Siblings). Depending on your order of birth into the family this influence typically helps certain character traits to develop. The Birth Order Effect(Positive Effects of Older Sibling Support) explains how first-born and only children tend to be role models for their younger siblings and have a take charge leadership type of attitude. The middle child typically shows more independence because he is not the favored first-born nor the baby of the family. And the youngest child usually has some rebellious attributes because he tries to create an identity for himself separate from his older siblings. "Your self-image is shaped at least in part by how you compare to your siblings," (The Science of Siblings). The complicated relationships siblings face rise from the competition to acquire parental acknowledgement and love. If siblings have a strong positive connection, they consider themselves a team and are less likely to compete with each other for their parents' affection (Positive Sibling Relationships Build Confidence). Regardless of the nature of sibling relationships, children grow up to be the person they become because of the influence their siblings have on them. Older siblings especially have a large impact on the way younger siblings grow up. They are seen as role models and generally a person to imitate (Positive Effects of Older Sibling Support). Younger siblings learn from older siblings' actions and experiences. "For example, when an older sister is punished for breaking curfew, the younger sibling implicitly receives information about age-appropriate behaviors," (Communication Between Older & Younger Siblings). The sibling bond is arguably the longest relationship experienced in a lifetime, and it teaches (especially younger siblings) actions that are and aren't acceptable (Communication Between Older & Younger Siblings).
Looks great! Your autoethnography already seems very interesting
I am really excited to read this autoethnography because it I have a younger sister and I think it would be interesting to have a complimentary perspective on our sibling relationship.
Fascinating and thorough discussion. You can probably revise to share a bit more about your own investigation. Also leave your titles out entirely. I'm guessing you'll have no problem tracking down authors so just use one or two author names (a la MLA).
Nowadays, studying abroad has become a new trend for Chinese students. Leaving family and friends, more and more young Chinese students choose to go to western countries to complete their academic degree. According to “ Chinese International Students in the United States,” the author Kun Yan states that the reason for increasing number of Chinese international students is that Chinese students are passionate about western culture, education, and technology. (Kun, 5) However, having passion is not enough to deal with real life problems they face. This big transition from one country to another requires Chinese international students to make changes in all aspects of their lives. After coming to America, they face challenges when encountering daily lives, as well as academic works. Standing in between Chinese culture and American culture, which are totally different from each other, Chinese international students always experience hard time trying to survive and immerse in this society.
The unfamiliarity with English is one of the most common problems Chinese international students have. Although before coming to America, they have already passed the TOEFL and SAT/GRE test. Many of them still faces trouble communicating freely with local people in English (Wisc). Because of the language barrier, everyday life can been seen as a cycle of stress and frustration. Moreover, their academic lives are hugely affected by this because it is inefficient for them to communicate with their academic advisors and peers (Berliner, 8)
Cultural shock also makes Chinese international students harder to adjust to their new life in America. Because western culture and eastern culture are inherently different, Chinese students can be easily baffled. Kun Yan further explains the situations they face as, “ They are unable to understand, control, or predict other people’s behavior. They are confused in roles, expectations, and values. (Kun, 9).” As a result, many Chinese students still live Chinese style lives even when they are in another country. They speak Chinese more than English, and they only have Chinese friends.
Additionally, what many people do not realize is that Chinese international students face huge pressure after coming to America. Aside from academic and social difficulties mentioned above, many Chinese students express large concerns about their future. Because they pay a lot for studying abroad, the expected value of American education to their future is very high. Many of them wish to have jobs in the US after their graduation and expect to have high income as they become more experienced. However, the job market in the US offers fewer and fewer jobs as the number of international students increases. Moreover, because Chinese international students only holds student visa, they can stay in the US for at most one year after their graduation. Facing competition from both other international students and American students, it becomes almost impossible for most of them to get their jobs (Rapoza, 2). The future uncertainty creates large anxiety for them and forces many of them to go back to China for their career, which is opposite from what they originally expect.
From the statics presented by New York Times in "Chinese Students Bolster U.S. College Budgets", the number of Chinese international students has ranked the highest among overseas students in America. Chinese students should try their best to socially engaged in American culture, and American students should have open minds in embracing them and accepting them as part of the society.
This is a very good topic. It talks about how international students go through a hard time and since you are an international student as well I think you can do a good job on it. Good luck
This topic could evoke profound thoughts on international students' transition from previous life to now and it's great! And maybe focusing on two or three crucial problems and dig deeply is an option?
Great idea, Charlie. And I agree. It has already "evoked profound thoughts" in me! Thank you so much for this.
Millions of young adults become college students in the United States every year. Nearly 50 – 80 % of these students change their majors at least once during their collegiate careers. This number is astoundingly high to many first year students. Many students worry about being undecided and fear for the future.
It is incredibly important that students realize that selecting a major does not mean you are selecting a career. There are few degrees that keep a student glued to a particular job like nursing or accounting. Thus, a student should not be incredibly timid of “declaring” a major. This does not mean however, that a student should over – indulge in course exploration. “Bad advice” is often given to undecided students. They are told to take an array of courses. This could ultimately prove expensive and wasteful for the student if they are not cautious. If a student is intrigued in a labor - intensive major, like engineering, they should take the prerequisites for that major. Otherwise, the student will begin to miss out and fall behind. Regardless if the student chooses that major, they will have the prerequisites just in in case. On the other hand, a student may be able to be more adventurous with a major that is more flexible.
Students cannot be the sole scapegoats of their indecisiveness. Many advisors do not do the best job in helping students make this enormous decision. They often give the “bad advice” mentioned above. Advisors need to make an effort to truly understand the interests of a student. The advisor should not pick the students major but bring out the genuine goals and aspirations of the student, which will help the student realize the path they desire to follow.
Because I am currently undeclared, and am not 100% sure what I will end up declaring as, I think it would be really cool to hear some other perspectives and decisions that students have made.
I, too, can relate to this. I really think this is a great topic that most college students can relate to. I think it is very interesting that you include "Bad advice" from different advisors. Would you interview advisers about their techniques?
I think this is a great topic and I totally agree with you about the problems with advisors. I think PACE advisors are not doing a good job on helping students picking class, let alone picking majors. I think if you go deep into this aspect and find out the reason why they are not effective, this could be an very interesting project.
I can't agree more with the idea presented above and I think the problem with advisors can be seen critically, like if they really make any difference to students who are undetermined about their majors. This is should be a really awesome topic!
One of the most important factors that make college life memorable is the dorm life. Before getting assigned to a room, students would look up the best dorms in the college websites. Also, finding who your roommate is very fun to college students. We would look up their names in Facebook or other social medias. After moving in to the dorm, it is very important for us to engage with each other and get adjusted to the community.
Furthermore, I got assigned to the smallest dorms in the campus named Dobbs Hall. At first I was disappointed to hear that it was one of the smallest residence halls. However, after engaging with the community who lived in Dobbs, I felt like I was part of a family. By family meaning Dobbs Hall. The Room Advisor and the Sophomore Advisors made me comfortable, my roommate and friends who lived next door interacted with me, and it felt like Dobbs came together as one. Being one of the most important facts of college life, dorm life is essential and during my first few months in Dobbs, I felt like I was a part of a big family.
Therefore, my sources will include articles and movies based on dormitory life. The movies portray the benefits of living in dorms. The articles mentions how things turned out by living outside of campus.
I also lives in Dobbs and I have the exact same feelings as yours! I think it is a great topic and I am excited to read more about it! Do you have any specific aspects that you want to focus on? Does Dobbs helps you socially or academically or anything else? I am just curious :)
I love your topic since I think a lot of freshman can relate to it. I would incorporate more of your sources into your review of literature. It focuses more of your own thoughts and not so much on how your sources back them up.
I grew up in New York City, one of the biggest and most convoluted living spaces in the modern world. However, here in Emory I met and made friends with people who came from a large variety of states and communal environments. It was this that caused me to question how our separate upbringings in rural, suburban, and urban environments affected our ability to create social ties and the general level of comfort we each have (or lack) in a social setting. I will incorporate the ideas from the Chicago school of sociology, especially the studies written by Fredrick E. Clemens who was the “father” of this form of urban examination and developed many of the base ideas. I will also use studies from the American Journal of Psychiatry which compare both the rate and level of mental development as well as the rate of psychiatric disorders in children who were raised in rural and urban environments.
Finally, I have several articles and op-ed pieces where the authors discuss their upbringings in different social environments and how that may have affected their adult psyche. I am also in the process of going through a few videos which I found online which talk about being raised in urban versus suburban and rural environments. I think that these would prove more as more effective secondary sources not only because videos are often easier to understand and digest than essays but also because they will fall well into this semester’s theme of multimodality. I believe that these secondary sources, as well as the interviews, would provide me with a reasonably satisfying answer to my question.
Freshmen 15 is a popular concern among newly freshmen(CNN Student News on some students' advice for incoming freshmen). But not everyone is clearly aware of every detail about it. People just know this problem but never try to find out more. Fortunately freshmen themselves have opinions on what could cause freshmen 15 to happen and each has different ways of dealing with this problem(Three interviews).
Among those who are struggling with it, girls are especially more sensitive to the problem of gaining weights. For girls who want to keep both fit and body in shape, they may attempt to do excessive things in respond to freshmen 15. Consequently they pay more attention on and suffer higher pressure from struggling with freshmen 15(“Freshmen Women and the Freshmen 15: Perspectives on Prevalence and Causes of College Weight Gain”).
Besides the concerns from females, there could be more effects that freshmen 15 could have on students’ lives, such as the potential obesity caused by gaining weights constantly in the following years(“The Freshman 15: A Critical Time for Obesity Intervention or Media Myth.”) or mental challenge under influences of gaining weights in freshmen year. Concerning the fact that freshmen 15 could trigger both superficial and long-range harm, people have been making observations and trying to provide freshmen with efficient ways of avoiding gaining too many weights(“College freshmen can avoid the 'Freshman 15’”).
Furthermore, the increasing popularity of freshmen 15 should lead everyone to think critically about this statement. When people are talking about being afraid of gaining many weights in their first year, they seldom consider about whether freshmen 15 is a real problem or just a negatively mental indication, whether it is a rumor or a concerning trend(“Freshmen 15: Valid Theory or Harmful Myth.”). Finding out the true implication of freshmen 15 may help people construct a more significant perspective towards this trendy concern among first year students.
This is a very good topic and how about also like including things such as 'Freshman 15 is a myth'. I recently hear these a lot so just an idea!!
I think you are doing a great job presenting your topic and the sources side by side and gracefully integrating the sources. In a later draft you can work on some revisions for correction, and I'd replace the words "popular" and "trendy" with something else. Your investigation promises to go beyond the things we hear every day, and I'm looking forward to reading it.
I definitely love this topic! I think you have a good start of explaining freshmen 15 to the reader. I am looking forward to explore more about your project.
Not only can it be extraordinarily difficult for a person diagnosed with Kleine Levin Syndrome to live life with the disorder, but it can be nearly as difficult to be family or friends with someone who battles the syndrome. Not only is day-to-day life challenging, but the fact that doctors and specialists are as clueless as a parents and patients when it comes to Kleine Levin Syndrome. The mystery and unknown that is Kleine Levin Syndrome leads to inauspicious realities. For example, getting a proper diagnosis can take months or even years because of many differing factors. A few reasons are because a doctor is unfamiliar with Kleine Levin Syndrome, there is no test to determine if a patient has Kleine Levin Syndrome, and because some doctors are naïve and ignorant and blame the patients for either faking or pretending they have something. Another baffling concept and obstacle is that the onset to episodes is unknown and depending on the patient the catalyst for every episode is different and dependent on the situation. “Typically the first episodes were triggered by common infections, alcohol intake and sleep deprivation” (Mayer).
Due to the fact that every Kleine Levin Syndrome case is different, it can result in tough and stressful times not only for the patient but the family and friends. This is a key component of a Kleine Levin case I want to research in addition to the science because it is one, as a sufferer, I know the least about. Because “there is no specific, definitive treatment to cure or control KLS”, it is partially the responsibility of friends and family to monitor and “recognize episodes” for the well-being of the patient (www.med.standford.edu).
Your topic is very interesting! I've never heard of Kleine Levin Syndrome. I think you did a great job of organizing your review of literature. I like that it is not choppy, but rather continuous and each sentence builds off the one before.
My autoethnography is about the lifestyles of first generation children. Being the child of immigrant parents has shaped my life much differently than those with native-born parents. One of the journals I read discussed how the ability of an immigrant to integrate into society affects their sense of inclusion (Feng). Without immigrants themselves being able to integrate into society, I believe it would be difficult for them to accept their children integrating into society. Inevitably, the children would have the choice of assimilation or accommodation. One of the publications discussed how children of immigrants are more likely to completely assimilate into society (Zhou). This is not always beneficial for the children since many of their cultural beliefs are what aid them in doing so well in school. In one of the articles I read it was found that children of immigrants tend to have higher academic achievement than those of native-born parents since immigrant parents place more emphasis on higher education and leave less decision making to their children (Kao). If children of immigrants completely assimilated into society, then they would give up these cultural values instilled in them by their parents, resulting in lower academic achievement. Even though the children of immigrants are more likely to do well academically, there are achievement differences between immigrant children and native-born children of immigrants. In one of the publications it was found that native-born children are better positioned to achieve in their society from limited obstacles, such as language barriers (Kao). Since both sets of children have immigrant parents, the emphasis placed on academic achievement is similar, so the immigrant children are forced to work harder (Kao). Not only is assimilation found to lower academic achievement for native-born children of immigrants, it has also been linked to poverty. In an article that discussed the segmented assimilation theory, it was found that assimilation leads to poverty, while accommodation leads to middle-class status (International Migration Review). By maintaining the cultural values of immigrant parents, economic advancement is more likely for immigrant children.
With the first non-United States citizen arriving to Emory University back in 1891 (Cory Lopez), the number of foreign students coming to the States to study increased exponentially in the past several decades. According to UNESCO, 600,000 international students currently study in the US, making the US share around 40% from a pool of 2 million students studying abroad (Institute of International Education). This figure is more than double the number hosted by any of the other leading hosts that are displayed in the Global Traffic Flow Map (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). We are surrounded by this incredible trend because even to US students the idea of studying abroad is appealing with a shorter amount of anticipated time at a host country. (Interviews) One of the factors that leads this trend to its peak is because all participants can profit from it. Enhancing career opportunities and gaining experience for future employment, whether at home or internationally, are major contributing factors in a student’s decision to study abroad. While 78% of international students considered a period of study abroad as a way to better their career opportunities, foreign students contribute $24bn yearly to US economy, turning studying abroad and hosting students into a win-win game (the Guardian).
Yet, there is more to deciding whether to stay in the native country or to go abroad. The demotivational reasons include extremely expensive school tuitions, the difficulty obtaining student visas, the unwillingness to leave friends and parents and fear of assimilation and alienation from the host country. Nevertheless, the anticipated career enhancements, better university reputations and quality of education outweigh the negative aspects.
It is a given that volunteerism is a genuinely good thing to do because it helps the community and the people in it. Although people know this fact, many don’t submerge themselves into volunteering because they don’t realize the extent to which poverty penetrates lives in the United States and around the world today. About half of the world’s population of over 6 billion people survives on less than $2.50 per day (Shah). In addition, the United States is known to have the second highest percentage of kids in poverty in comparison with the other developed countries in the world (Abramsky). There are always more and more surprising statistics about poverty that can be listed, so people technically have a reason with those facts alone. However, what people many times don't acknowledge is the great benefits they receive themselves from doing volunteer work. It enhances people’s skills, broadens people’s spectrum of knowledge, and increases people’s tolerance for those of different social, educational, and cultural circumstances (Rajan). There is a positive correlation with the amount a person gets out of the volunteer experience and how old that individual is. As one increases in age, volunteering has the most positive effect on physical movement and function, life satisfaction, sense of meaning in life, life regard, reduction in depression, and general well-being (Sherman).
Girdwood, Alaska is home to Alaska’s most popular ski resort, Alyeska. The Ski resorts fuels Girdwood’s economy, but also it’s unique sense of culture. According to Girdwood demographics, the town has a population of 1,817 people, 1,037 of which are men (2). Racially, the town lacks a variety of people; however, most people would disagree. You will find “Judges, senators, radical environmentalists, dredlocked ski bums, businessmen, foresters, gold miners, and developers”. The people of Girdwood all share the same love for the outdoors. Most Girdwoodians have a rugged, hippy, causal look that is a signature look of the town (3).
Girdwood is located 30.4 miles away from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage (2). This allows many Anchorage residents to easily commute for the weekend. Many of the homes in Girdwood are owned by Anchorage residents (3). Girdwood residents also commute between the two towns. Connecting Anchorage and Girdwood is the beautiful Seward Highway. This highway has some of the most spectacular sceneries, making the drive an amazing treat. However, it is also one of the most dangerous highways in the state (5).
There are many different generalizations about Ski towns in gereral. Some negative generalizations are that the cost of living is too expensive, the people are uneducated or that they are all hippies, and there are too many tourists,(1,4). However, there are many positive generalizations of ski towns including a beautiful scenery, a great sense of community, relaxed people, and a lot of outdoor recreation (4). These pros and cons are why only certain people are drawn to a ski town like Girdwood.
This was a spring 2015 forum. We mostly used our Facebook group for discussion forum.