September 25 Process Post

For these two articles, I focused mostly on getting a good number of facts.  I wanted to find reliable sources that would make me credible when writing a research paper.  Both of these sources were found on the same database, ScienceDirect, through the Olin Library web search.  I really wanted to find some facts on Rollins College, so I searched “Sexual Assault Rollins College”.  I then scrolled looking for any of the articles to mention Rollins, but none of them did.  So I decided I would just look at what was given to me, and focus more on specific Rollins fact next time.  The reason I did this was because the article titles that were being shown looked really interesting.  I think next time when I am looking for information specifically about Rollins, I will look at more generic sources.  Rollins is a smaller school, so I would guess not many articles that have been peer-reviewed would be out there.  Meaning I doubt there is much information about Rollins and sexual assault on campus in research databases, but in sources that reach out to people looking for colleges, like college ranking sites, or even newspaper articles.

Grace MacLeod

Being on Rollins College Swim Team gave me firsthand experience of the stress that comes with being a student-athlete. The fact that my topic is ‘college stress’ made perfect sense to research what types of stress student-athletes face. My research process was more specific than my previous approach. I already had a specific topic in mind when I went to Google in search for my articles. I typed the words: “stress and student-athletes.” When searching the specific phrase, I was able to find two articles rather quickly. Depression among student athletes as well as effects of stress caught my attention. I quickly saved the two articles titled “Responding to the Rise of Depression in College Athletes” and “Mind, Body and Sport: Depression and Anxiety Prevalence in Student-athletes” and was able to write my summaries on the topic of student-athletes. Being able to relate to the information I was reading made it both beneficial and easy to read. I wanted to know the information because it would help me with my struggles of currently being a student-athlete.

Luiggi Reno

Going into my research for my second paper I decided to look at more factual articles. For my first source, I wanted to search for articles written on sexual assault but connected to my main topic which is gender and sexuality. Thus, searching for this article took a while because I went in looking for a particular thing. For a research paper, it is obvious that statistics and facts are the key ingredients to writing a good paper. This was the main reason I chose the article “LGBT Students and Sexual Assualt”, as it provided a good amount of information and was related to my topic. My second source is about feminism in college. While I was going through different articles while choosing my first source, I saw a common theme that occurred throughout all of them. Many of the articles spoke about a rising number of feminists in college speaking up about this issue, and thus I decided it would be a good idea to write about feminism in college. Thus, I decided that both of these topics can be brought together in the same paper. The second article was not statistic based like the first one but included more knowledge about the issue it was talking about.

Raeshma Bedi

Feminism in College

we_can_do_it-1I chose to write a source post on feminism in college as I think it is becoming a huge thing in today’s world. Feminism has come a long way but there are still negative connotations when feminism is talked about or mentioned. This article dwells into what it is like for college students who identify themselves as feminist and how it impacts them. Feminism started in the 19th century where women fought for basic rights and since then there has been a certain view when it comes to feminism. Feminism is often looked at negatively, even in colleges, and often people think feminists are “men-hating, men-shaming, slut-shaming and bossy”. However, the truth is that most liberal feminists want a world where men and women have equal rights and are at the same level. Even though it has been years since the concept of feminism has arisen, people still do not understand the true meaning of it. Because of this negative light on it, it has restricted thousands of women referring and identifying themselves as feminists. The growing number of people that have started talking about gender inequality and doing something about it has realized that even today there are inequalities in social and economic life.

Ford, Summer. “What It Means to Be a Feminist in College.” Her Campus. N.p., 08 Dec. 2015. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

“LGBT Students and Campus Sexual Assault”

The Association of American Universities released a survey about sexual assault targeting the LGBT community. The survey results were based on responses from students and it showed that around three-quarters of the students in the 27 schools they surveyed had experienced some form of sexual assault and harassment. What was noticed in the surveys was that the number of reported sexual assaults happening to the LGBT community and the actual number of them getting assaulted was drastically different. The surveys showed that LGBT and non-heterosexual students experienced higher rates of harassment than heterosexual students did. Three in four LGBT students reported sexual harassment and 9% of those students reported sexual assault. The schools that the Association of American Universities surveyed included California Institute of Technology, Michigan State, the University of Arizona, Washington University in St. Louis, and most of the Ivy Leagues. 15,000 students took part and the results showed an incredibly high number.

The three main surveys were:

  1. Percentage of students experiencing unwanted sexual contact by gender and sexual orientation
  2. Percentage of students experiencing sexual harassment, by gender and enrollment status
  3. Percentage of students experiencing intimate partner violence, by gender and enrollment status

These surveys prove that earlier assumption that sexual assault does not happen to those part of the LGBT community is false and that they experience even more harassment than heterosexuals do. Only a quarter of those who said experienced any type of assault actually reported it.

Green, Adrienne, and Alia Wong. “LGBT Students and Campus Sexual Assault.”The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

Risks of Chronic Stress in Student-Athletes

imgres-1The NCAA is shedding light on the fact that student athletes face just as many struggles, if not more than, the normal college student. According to a study by the American College Health Association, 30% of student athletes felt depressed and 50% felt overwhelmed. These numbers provide insight into the busy and sometimes unhealthy lifestyle of student athletes. Being stressed and overwhelmed can have a negative effect on performance in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Not being able to perform at peak levels can just add more stress to the student-athlete. There are negative health risks involved in being stressed such as: trouble sleeping, high blood pressure, and even thoughts of suicide. The scary part about this is that student athletes are less likely to seek help than students that are not involved in collegiate athletics. A person suffering from anxiety and stress cannot be heard if nothing is said. The NCAA is encouraging student athletes to seek help if needed. They also encourage the staff such as coaches, trainers, and team physicians to help those that are reluctant to seek help. The most important thing is to understand the problem and make active decisions to find a solution to it.


By Ann Kearns Davoren and Seunghyun Hwang. “Mind, Body and Sport: Depression and Anxiety Prevalence in Student-athletes.”, 10 Nov. 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

Depression of Student Athletes

It is well known that college athletes have a lot on their plate. They are not only students but also performers in their respective sports. The stress that comes with being a student of higher education can be very overwhelming. Now take the stress of being a student and imgresadd the time consuming and pressure of having to perform at a high level in athletics. A study conducted by the University of Georgetown Medical Center shows that depression is more likely to occur, now more than ever, in student athletes. The list of reasons why student athletes are at a higher risk of depression includes: lack of sleep, overwhelming workload, chronic fatigue, pressure to perform, and over-training. Having so much to do with limited time puts stress on anyone. The good thing is that there are ways to help student-athletes from falling into depression. The acronym ‘FIRST’ is a list of the top five issues to address when feeling stressed. The first item to address is focus; focus on one thing at a time. The second identity; construct an identity outside of your sport. Third is resilience; learn from failures and come back even stronger. The fourth being service; helping someone else in need can ultimately help you. Lastly, time; student-athletes must learn to balance their lives in order to get everything done. The job of a student athlete is not easy. Student athletes are under a lot of pressure but hopefully, this article has helped and brought new light to those in need.


Elmore, Tim. “Responding to the Rise of Depression in College Athletes.”The Huffington Post., 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

“Sexual Orientation and Sexual Assault Victimization Among US College Students”

Image used from the Twin Cities Daily Planet

Image used from the Twin Cities Daily Planet

This article was very interesting to me, because it went in depth on a topic that is not usually discussed.  When talking about sexual assault on college campuses, people usually reference the heterosexual female, and the statistics that involve her.  The statistics that are just as important, but often over looked are those of sexual minorities. This selection walks us through a study that was done to get data on sexual minorities on college campuses.  The author walks us through what he is hoping to find, how the study was conducted and the results which were discovered.  This article points out that homosexual males, transgender people, and bisexual males and females are all more likely to report sexual assault than heterosexuals.  An interesting fact that was pointed out was homosexual females (Lesbians) are no more likely than heterosexual females to report sexual assault.  This piece is very interesting, because it combines two very large social issues that are seen in college settings.  LGBTQ+ equality is a huge, and it is important that we focus just as much on preventing sexual minority sexual assault as it is preventing heterosexual sexual assault.

“Sexual Orientation and Sexual Assault Victimization Among US College Students.” The Social Science Journal. 2nd ed. Vol. 53. N.p.: Elsevier, 2016. 174-83. ScienceDirect. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

“College Sexual Assault: A Call for Trauma Informed Prevention”

20% is much too high!

20% is much too high! Image from Mother Jones Website

This source is a Peer Reviewed source that I found through the Rollins Library Database.  In this source, the authors give many fact that were proven about sexual assault on college campus.  The facts are taken and cited from what seem to be very credible sources.  Not only does she list the facts, but she also goes into individual studies that she found helpful to her argument.  For example, she uses a study of nearly 500 first year females from a Northeastern College.  This study was a year long and checked in with each of the women when they first arrived onto the campus, after each semester, and at the end of summer before the start of their second year.  In this study supports other studies and shows that around 10% of the group was sexually assaulted each semester.  McCauley also points out that around 21% of high school girls and about 11% of high school men that were polled had experienced dating violence (sexual or physical) within the 12 months before the poll was taken.  She points out that it is important to remember that those who have been assaulted  before are more likely to be assaulted again.  This is a very fact based article, which I think will be important for the Research Assignments, because it gives a lot of statistics about sexual assault on college campuses.

McCauley, Heather L., Sc. D. “College Sexual Assault: A Call for Trauma-Informed Prevention.” Journal of Adolescent Health 56.6 (2015): 584-85. Science Direct. Web. 23 Sept. 2016. <>.                          

Resource Process September 9, 2016

The two articles I chose are very different posts. One is a more scholarly article and the other is pretty much a Buzzfeed photo album with a total of about 15-20 sentences. When posting these, I was thinking they would work for two separate papers. The Buzzfeed article was on Facebook and struck me because it was so moving. I figured this would be a great piece to do the Research Analysis Paper on. For the piece by Sieben, I used the Rollins Library Web Search and narrowed it down by searching Social Issues, and then added Sexual Assault College. It gave me a huge number of sources, so I narrowed it down just to articles and found this one. This article is much more formal than the Buzzfeed article, which made me think it would be better for the Research Paper at the end of the semester. For the next posts, I am hoping to find a little more information on the statistics of sexual assault on College Campuses, and hopefully information about it on Rollins and in Florida also. To search for these, I will most likely use the Library Web search again, so that I can find trustworthy sources. Although the Buzzfeed source is great for the first paper we need to write, it is not the type of source I would base the rest of my research projects on.

Grace MacLeod

The method in which I conducted my research for my topics of ‘college stress’ and the ‘dropout rate’ was quite simple. Heading into my research, I knew the gist of what I wanted to write about but not exactly how to attain the information. I get stressed out very easily; so knowing the information I was researching was very beneficial to myself. I started by typing in Google: “stressors of college students” and “reasons why college student’s drop out of school.” The amount of results I received was overwhelming but was able to narrow my focus to, what I thought were, credible sights that conducted research and polls of my respective topics. I was able to find analysis of the top reasons for college students stress and reasons for dropout on credible sights; such as College View and Business Insider. The two articles gave me exactly what I was looking for: reasons why students get stressed and dropout and explanations to go along with each reason. My research was easily accessible and very interesting to learn about.

-Luiggi Reno

The topic I’m planning on writing my papers on is Gender and Sexuality and since that is such a broad topic, I decided that each of my papers will concentrate on a big issue under Gender and Sexuality. That is why my two sources are not talking about the same issue. I am very passionate about this topic and thus thought it would be a good idea to do my paper on it. My first source is a Buzzfeed article that talks about what it feels like to have gender dysphoria. I chose this source to use for my Rhetorical Analysis Paper as this article seems like to have many rhetorical analysis techniques that the author has used to put across the main argument. I would also like to get statistics and more knowledge on that topic to make my paper more informative. I used the Olin Library and typed in “Gender and Sexuality” and after looking through many posts and scholarly articles I found the article I best thought would work for my first paper. The second post is more informative than the previous one, as it has much more information about the topic. It also does not use much pathos like the Buzzfeed article does but it relies more on ethos and logos. For my next research process, I will use the Olin Library search engine and google to get different kinds of sources, and hopefully find articles connected to Rollins.

Raeshma Bedi


Gender Inequality : Problems Women Face

As years go by, the world has gotten more advanced in every conceivable way. My parent’s generation could never have imagined the role technology would play in our lives back when they were children. However, in 2015, women still do not have a voice in many countries and cultures. In most areas of rural India, for example, women are oppressed, just as they were a century ago. While women’s rights have driven much change in western societies – enabling women to go to college and enter the careers of their dreams – women are still paid less than their male counterparts in the vast majority of workplaces worldwide. Therefore, even in the West me-short-longwomen are still fighting to be treated as equals to men. Issues like the glass ceiling, sexual assault, inadequate maternal health care, and human trafficking are still problems that women have to worry about every day. These two sources talk about the top issues that women face in the world right now and bring about the main argument by mainly using pathos and logos. I understand that the issue of women’s rights is an immensely convoluted one, yet still, I struggle to understand why societies can’t seem to let go of certain antiquated beliefs and practices, while so many have been abandoned in the name of societal progress.

Fuentes, Sonia Pressman. “Top 18 Issues Challenging Women Today.” The Shriver Report. N.p., 5 May 2014. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.

Rahman, Ayesha. “Top 10 Problems Women Face All Over the World – ListCrux.”ListCrux. N.p., 05 July 2014. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.

Avoid Dropping Out!

College is not a walk in the park. Striving for higher education can be expensive and overwhelming to a point of wanting to drop out. Students work so hard to not only attend college but to earn the coveted degree in their respective study areas. It saddens me that, according to a 2011 study conducted by Harvard University, close to half of college students in the United States drop out before earning a degree. College is a full time job. The workload can take a lot out of a sgrad-dropouttudent and can overwhelm the unprepared. shared the top 5 reasons of why a student will drop out of college before receiving a degree. The list is as follows: money concerns, poor preparation, outside demands, too much, too fast, and the “just a number” effect. Knowledge is power. Knowing what the causes are for a student to drop out can possibly save a student and help them to finish. It is important to know what one is getting into in order to not be caught off guard. Students are constantly stressed and pressured to do well in class. It is tragic that the dropout rate is reaching 50% of students. Hopefully by knowing the causes prospective students and students contemplating giving up can find closure that these thoughts are normal. College is very stressful but gets better with time. I hope students find a route to keep pushing forward.

Purnell, Hannah. “Beware the Top 5 Reasons for Dropping Out of College.”Articles Advice. Campus Life, n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.