Page 2 of 4

Research Process

Although it’s still very early in the process, so far I think paper 3 has been the easiest. I’m also predicting it will be the easiest because it’s an actual argument instead of writing a paper about the different steps in concocting an argument. That is also a reason the researching hasn’t been too difficult. When there is an article or a rhetoric written about my topic, I can most likely find something to help my argument, because it’s my opinion, and I just need support. This is opposed to previous papers where we went into the paper with an open mind, and used the quotes to and other people’s opinions to form our paper. Then, we would use our opinion as the support. – Ben Johnston

Beginning research for this new paper, I found it fairly easy to find sources using the Olin Library database, but this came after first tackling the challenge of what topic I wanted to discuss. With new guidelines, this paper seemed more abstract and I had to come up with a topic on my own, eventually finding one that coincides with my own college experience – athletics and academic success. After having a better idea of what I would focus on, I found my first source on the online database, an easy task considering the amount of entries that appeared when I searched relevant keywords. The experience collegiate athletes have is a unique one, and there is no shortage of opinions on the matter. That being said, I look forward to doing research and finding evidence to support my beliefs about something that has an important role in my life here at Rollins College. – Peter Finegan

In researching for paper 3, I feel like I am struggling way more than I have in the previous papers. Because of the topic of my argument being so specialized to Rollins College, it is hard to find sources beyond the Rollins website itself, specifically peer reviewed sources. I have managed to find one peer reviewed source so far that I will be able to integrate into my paper and connect it to Rollins, but I anticipate that finding two more peer reviewed sources will be a difficult task. Besides this though, I am happy with the topic that I chose and direction of my paper. – Danielle Marks

Value of Studying Abroad

Tarrant, Michael A., Donald L. Rubin, and Lee Stoner. “The Added Value of Study Abroad: Fostering a Global Citizenry.” Association for Studies in International Education 18 (n.d.): 141-61. 21 Aug. 2013. Web. 2 Apr. 2016.

This journal study addresses how a study abroad experience adds value to a student’s overall education by looking at the skills gained by studying abroad. The study takes an experimental approach by examining and comparing how students perform during studying abroad versus studying on their home campus, in specific classes. The students’ academic performance is measured not only by their grades, but also by being given a pre-test before the semester, and a post-test after the semester. The study shows that pre-test scores were fairly even between abroad and home students. However, students studying abroad scored marginally higher on the post-test than the students who were studying at home. While the test scores did not provide staggering results in the area of academics, the conductors of the stud were able to conclude that studying abroad gives students value in an area other than academics: global citizenship.

Collegiate Sports and Academics

“Success in college sports improves academic standards, study says.” PR Newswire 16 Dec. 1987: 1216NY18. General OneFile. Web. 2 Apr. 2016.

College sports are one of the most recognizable outlets through which a college expresses itself. Championships, star players, and overall team history represent not only a school’s past, but also its future. Being a college athlete myself, I have had a first-hand experience with balancing academic, athletic, and social life. I think it is important for people to understand the challenges and stories of success and failure that collegiate athletes experience, helping them  define their character, as well as the character of their school. Studies have also shown that athletic success bolsters academic reputation too, noted in  Robert E. McCormick and Maurice Tinsley’s work, “Journal of Political Economy.” The dedication of collegiate athletes toward their sport not only sets them up for athletic success, but prolific academic success as well. The Clemson economists’ study showed that “increases [in] financial contributions to college athletic programs…also [led] to more donations to university academic programs,” increasing the number of applicants and resulting in lower acceptance rates and a higher academic standard (Success in…study says). Impressed by this research, I have made it a point to educate others on the effect student-athletes have on their own future, as well as the future and reputation of the school they represent athletically.

Learning Through Practice

Jespersen, Ejgil. “Education Through Sport: Towards Recognition of Popular Practice.” N.p.: n.p., 2009. N. pag. Sports, Ethics and Philosophy. Rutledge Taylor and Francis Group, 30 Oct. 2009. Web. 1 Apr. 2016.

In the chapter “Education Through Sport: Towards Recognition of Popular Practice” of the book “Sports, Ethics and Philosophy,” Ejgil Jespersen focuses on the learning aspects of the athletic part of young people’s lives.  He mainly concentrates on the point of practicing to increase your ability rather than studying.  This is a concept that is applied in athletics more than any other aspect of life.  It is so important to have some experience with hands-on learning because until someone tries it, there is no way to know how they learn best.  Also, it compliments learning by studying well because when it comes time to have to know something, using multiple methods helps attack the problem in many ways.  That can only help out someone’s education because it works different parts of the brain.  The other thing Jespersen ponders is which type of learning should children begin with.  Personally, they should both be taught, but once a child develops and understands his strengths, he should dominantly use that method while improving the other style.

Research Process

In searching for my most recent source(s), I found the process much easier as I had already gained an understanding of the direction in which I wanted things to go. Previously, I had focused on finding peer-reviewed sources to add scholarly credibility to my point, but I also wanted the opinions of those who teach and institute business in liberal arts settings, so I searched the Internet. What I found was a much wider variety of input, since my search was not narrowed down to specifically peer-reviewed journals. Seeing both sides of an argument was also an interesting experience when I broadened my search to the Internet in general, given the fact that not all people believe business degrees from liberal arts schools are noteworthy or holding some distinct value. However, a majority of the research conducted resulted in findings saying much the opposite, making it easy for me to bring together main ideas to support my point that liberal arts and business can coexist in institutions everywhere. – Peter Finegan

My continued research this week was very similar to the last. I continued to use the new databases that I have been introduced to, and they have been very helpful in finding good sources for my paper. The research that I have done for paper 2 is actually helping me to develop ideas for my topic for paper 3, so research has been very useful for me all around. Looking forward, I will continue to research the value of liberal arts, but from a much more broad perspective so I can use them to support different points of my own argument. – Danielle Marks

While researching for paper 2, I got a little confused on what direction we were eventually going with this paper; however, I believe my mistake will actually help me and be beneficial in the long run. I began to form more of an argument in my paper instead of focusing on just combining four sources and explaining why they work well together. This mistake has actually left me with more information than I need, so my revisions will be mostly taking things out and rewording. This is a good thing because my final paper should be packed with information since I went above what the expectations were. Also, this is more of what paper 3 will be about, so essentially, I’ve already begun to get ideas for our next paper. – Ben Johnston

Motivation in Class

Dr. Ruth Darling is the president of the board with the NCAA, and he also does some work with the University of Tennessee.  In an interview with Black Issues, he spoke a lot about how he motivates his student-athletes to succeed and how he encourages them to take interest in their classes.  In his experience, the best way to motivate is using their sport.  When you get to the collegiate level, all athletes take their sport very seriously and most of what they do is for their respective sport.  His methods include explaining how their classes can help them on the field.  For example, a student that thinks they are taking the easy way out by being a psychology major, usually doesn’t realize how much that can benefit them.  Learning how people think, how people can be persuaded, and how to motivate which can help in any sport you play.  In my experience, one of the biggest reasons students don’t succeed is because of motivation, and having a sport to motivate a student is hugely beneficial.


Hamilton, Kendra. “Creating A Successful Student-Athlete.” Black Issues In Higher Education 21.4 (2004): 30-31. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.

Depth of Business Degree – Liberal Arts Curriculum

Gandel, Cathie. “Business Schools Give Undergraduate Programs a Liberal Arts Twist.” US News and World Report. US News and World Report, 9 Sept. 2015. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

The business world is very complex and engaging, requiring people to interact with others and be able to decipher real world issues. In doing so, one must not only be able to recognize the things going on around them, but also be able to react and offer useful insight into meeting certain challenges head on. To ask professionals to be able to perform these tasks is something many businesses do, and colleges are the medium through which students pass in order to reach that level of performance. To do so, however, a business student must be able to go beyond the focus of a general education in finance or management and be able to synthesize information like people’s personalities, opinions, and decisions to compete and earn a living professionally. Teachers and institutions everywhere are recognizing how liberal arts institutions offer students the foundation in education they need to “explain complex concepts as handily as statistics, and… [be] good at connecting dots” (Gandel). With expectations and requirements that make up a liberal arts curriculum, the depth of understanding students gain in courses outside of their intended business major allows them to operate at their maximum potential in business settings. This is something nearly everyone seeking a prolific career in business wishes to achieve.

How Liberal Arts Colleges Have Changed

DiMaria, Frank. “The Morphing of America’s Liberal Arts Colleges.” Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 21 Sept. 2009: 11-14. Web.


This article takes a look at how liberal arts colleges have changed within the span of two decades, as well as what attributed to these changes. In 1990, there were 212 colleges that met the definition of a liberal arts college, which are curriculum based in traditional arts and science fields, small classes and close student-faculty relationships, and a lesser emphasis on vocational preparation. When this article was written in 2009, only 137 liberal arts still existed, according to the definition. This is due to many liberal arts colleges changing to include more vocational studies, which has been a major trend in college education. Some changed so drastically as to become comprehensive colleges or master’s universities. In addition, some liberal arts colleges were even bought out by larger vocational universities. The liberal arts colleges that still remained were able to retain their status as liberal arts by blending more vocational classes into their curriculum without completely losing the core values of liberal arts. This trend of incorporating more vocational studies into a liberal arts education is a continuing trend.

Research Process

In researching for paper 2, I branched out and used databases other than just the Rollins library database, such as ProQuest and Project MUSE. This opened up my research to a greater number of sources, and I was able to find exactly what I was looking for. The only area I struggled in was finding peer-reviewed sources; apparently there aren’t many pertaining to the topic of liberal arts. I did find two good sources eventually, and I am happy with the direction of my research and this paper. – Danielle Marks

In search of information regarding the connection between a liberal arts approach and a business degree, I used the help of my professor and librarian as they guided me toward sources. Using the Olin Library website and its built-in database, I was able to search for publications related to my topic, some of which offered me the information I needed to develop my most recent post. Although the database offers a vast amount of resources to Rollins students, there were only a handful that were of use to me. Narrowing down the search to peer-reviewed sources made this process even more challenging, as the number of available documents was trimmed down drastically. Luckily, I found what I needed and used the evidence to further my beliefs on the topic I sought out to discuss – liberal arts and business.  – Peter Finegan

For this paper, we are using a much broader variety of sources. This makes it more difficult because we have to discover our sources out of a larger pool, but it will give our paper more potential because there is so much more information that we can choose from. Also, with the guideline of using at least two peer reviewed sources, our information will be correct, and we won’t have to be worried about using an illegitimate source. One obstacle I have had with researching the correlation between being an athlete with success in class, is there are mostly examples instead of actual evidence of success or failure. –Ben Johnston

Taking Full Advantage of Being a College Athlete

Collegiate athletics are on a pedestal in our society, especially division 1 sports.  The NCAA makes it a point to help the athletes understand that they need to use their reputation and status to help the community, and help themselves.  A great example is Kenneth Avila, the centerfielder on the Northwestern baseball team.  There was a first grader who needed help with his academics because he had trouble focusing on his work, and Avila felt it was his obligation as a high profile student-athlete to help this young boy with his work.  This is a great example of how college athletics is helping young men and women become better well-rounded people outside of their sport.


Rogers, Ibram. “A Legacy Of Leadership.” Diverse: Issues In Higher Education 26.8 (2009): 9. Academic Search Premier. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.

« Older posts Newer posts »