Month: October 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Managing the Transition

“Research has shown that optimism plays an important role in adaptation to new educational environments”. For the most part this sentence sums up the 20 page article. I classify this article as little different than the ones I have read in the past. Of course, it talks about how first year students who transition into college will come into contact with many levels of stress and things that will seem familiar to them but now, it is presented to them on a bigger scale. This article also talks about mental health and how first-year students struggles to find a balance between all their studies, adjusting to college and trying to find a social life. This article goes on to talk about test that they held at a college and the results. The test varied from levels of optimism mixed with different levels of stress and anxiety. I found the test to not only be informal and helpful but it also made me think to open my eyes and look for what people are not saying. They might be very positive. However, they might still be carrying a lot of stress or anxiety on their back. I think that this was a great article and I am happy to have another new perspective.


Mergler, Amanda, and Peter Bowman. “Article Managing the Transition: The Role of Optimism and …” ResearchGate. N.p., June 2013. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

New Way of Transitioning

This article talks about the transition into high school but more specifically it focuses on the vast level of education change. It talks about how students come into college without the proper skills for the class room setting. When transitioning into university there are often many emotions and or actions that students go through. This article talks about the preparation students can take and the effectiveness of programs in place to help them transition into college that are within the college. It talks more about how to use the college as a resource for all the things that you need or will need during the semester. The thing that I found different about this article that was not included in the other article was the fact that suggested taking on a small job on the side to help build responsibility.

This article has helped me think about things that would be great to include in my on-going writing about my current topic.


Venezia, Andrea. “Project MUSE – Transitions from High School to College.” Project MUSE – Transitions from High School to College. Project Muse, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016. <>.

New Update!

We are now approaching our 11th week of school and things are going great in the classroom. We are now writing our final draft of paper two and this is our 5th process post. Right off the back the thing that I have been struggling with is understanding the assignment for paper two. However, I will say the thing that has helped me the most is having our blog to fall back on for sources. It has saved me a lot of time and I was able to re-read my sources and gain new understanding and meaning of each source. In addition, I found that my sources all relate to each other and have a common point. Now that I have a path, I think that it is a little more changeling to find new sources that can coexist with my previous sources so that I may use them for paper 3. Although, it takes more work, I know how to do an advance search on the Rollins web site which will help me find my sources in great detail. I am thinking of maybe finding a book or something other than an article. Especially since I can be so specific on what I am looking for in each one of my new sources.


By: Kalese Justice

No Need For Treatment?

Similar to the article written by Misch that was previously posted, this article covers the aspect of self-recovery in college students. According to the current article, 22% of college students with a history of binge drinking in adolescence manage to reduce their alcohol consumption while in college without treatment. This is a significant proportion of students, which shows how promising this outcome may be for a number of other students currently dealing with alcohol abuse.

Having both of these sources that discuss the same point of view could be very useful when writing an argumentative paper. If I make an argument that is supported by the use of natural recovery, these articles both provide evidence. Having both of these sources has also opened my eyes to the unique methods some researchers are taking towards treating alcoholism on campus. It has never occurred to me that “self recovery” could be effective in reducing binge drinking on campuses. Part of successful research is learning other sides to an issue, which this article provides. It has opened more doors to further research that I must do in order to choose my side of the argument.

Vik, P. W., Cellucci, T., & Ivers, H. “Natural Reduction of Binge Drinking Among College Students.” Addictive Behaviors, vol. 28, no. 4, 2003, pp. 643-655.


Through the natural process of early cessation, many students end up resolving their drinking issues and lessening the amount of alcohol they drink. According to the current study, this process is much more common than most people think. Campuses typically do not address this type of recovery because they are so focused on their own treatment programs, not to mention the risk associated with letting students recover on their own. If they end up requiring more serious treatment, the campus could be to blame for not taking action sooner. This article provides a unique perspective on the treatment of college drinking problems since few other sources mention anything about “natural recovery.”

If natural recovery ends up being a more viable outcome for colleges, it could potentially save money that would otherwise be put towards treatment programs. It would allow the college to use this money on higher quality treatment for the students who actually do require it. This money could also be put towards prevention rather than treatment, which would encourage healthier behaviors in students. A lot more research would need to be done before this could be incorporated into college campuses, however, it provides an interesting perspective to the issue of alcohol abuse treatment.

Misch, D. A. “’Natural Recovery’ From Alcohol Abuse Among College Students.” Journal of American College Health, vol. 55., no. 4, 2007, pp. 215-218.

Different Perspective, Different Diagnosis

Alcohol abuse is difficult to diagnose – it is a psychiatric condition and must be treated as one, yet psychiatrists still cannot agree on the best way to identify it objectively. There is such a wide variety of symptoms and behaviors of an alcoholic. At what point does regular drinking turn into a problem? The current article discusses the differences in diagnostic tools. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) IV includes “use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g. driving an automobile)” as one of its diagnostic criteria. While the DSM is a trusted source for psychiatrists to use when diagnosing patients, this specific definition has sparked debate. The World Health Organization (WHO) considered including this category in its own diagnostic definition, but did not. According to WHO, this category not only excludes members of lower socio-economic classes who do not have automobiles, but it also does not fit the definition of a psychiatric disorder.

The current study provides valuable points that I could use towards a possible future argument. Diagnosing alcohol abuse seems to be a major issue in the field currently, so it is important to consider numerous diagnostic tools. This article provides an unbiased description of how each tool defines alcohol abuse, which may help me in possibly arguing that one is better than the other.

Babor, T. F., & Caetano, R. “The Trouble with Alcohol Abuse: What Are We Trying to Measure, Diagnose, Count, and Prevent?” Addiction, vol. 103.7, pp. 1057-1059.

The Transition to College Studies

This article gives us deep insight to a young man who was the first and only student thus far to apply to Harvard Law school and get in. I can imagine the struggle of the transition going to a private college or a regular University because I am doing it myself. However, I cannot begin to imagine what it was like for this young man to be the first of many to go to a college that holds such a title for itself. In the article the young man express that he did not tell his friends or college counselors because they knew very little about the Ivy League. In the article the man goes on to say “I just had to take it upon myself.”  I can relate with the feeling of having to take things on by myself, but this pressure would have been very hard. Especially, since he went for the Ivy League. The article is filled with lots of tips about things like “The learning curve” or “playing catch up to others” I found this very important. It gives me a new perceptive on looking at my college education.

Rodman, Melissa `C. “The Transition from High School to College: Navigating a Challenging Passage : Articles : Taconic Counseling Group.” The Transition from High School to College: Navigating a Challenging Passage : Articles : Taconic Counseling Group. The Harvard Crimson, Inc., 9 Mar. 2015. Web. 14 Oct. 2016. <>.

Surviving Your First Semester in College

Going to college is hard enough, however going to college that is in a state that you have never been to is even harder. In this post it talks about a girl who gets accepted in a college program for low income students. While being in this program she gets to come to college early and talk to some of her potential professors. Although, this is all going well, it’s only just the start. The article goes on to talk about things that this young lady wishes she would have help on in her first semester at college, her first year even. She even goes on to list out What has helped me survive my first semester in college.”  As a first year myself I find this not only helpful for my research but helpful for my personal life as well. I am glad to know that things do turn around in the end. On this website I noticed that there is similar article to the one above. I will look more into those and see what new information I can learn.



Castaneda, By Samantha. “How to Survive Your First Semester in College – Students Rising Above.” Students Rising Above. Students Rising Above™, 17 July 2014. Web. 14 Oct. 2016. <>.

Prevention vs. Privacy

In today’s digital world, social media has become the mainstream way to communicate with friends and share thoughts, messages, and pictures with one another. Many college students find themselves under fire for posting pictures with alcohol, even if they are of legal age to consume it. The current study addresses the use of these pictures on Facebook by colleges to screen students for being at risk of alcohol abuse. According to the article, peers who viewed pictures of other students consuming alcohol perceived these images at face value, meaning that these students perceived their peers as alcohol users. However, the method with which the university approached these students had significantly different results. Students were much more favorable towards being approached by their peers rather than a stranger regarding the pictures. These results are not surprising to me, yet I do not think that either method is an appropriate way to identify students at risk of abusing alcohol. If an individual occasionally partakes in social activities involving alcohol and pictures are posted, yet this student does not actively post any other pictures, the frequency of alcohol use would appear higher and more severe than a student who is constantly posting pictures of every aspect of his/her life. In addition, the simple perception that students who post pictures with alcohol are likely abusing alcohol is not necessarily valid. Students who post these pictures may still be responsible when they drink, yet irresponsible drinkers may not post pictures for others to see. It seems to be a far-stretched indication of a potential alcohol problem, yet it was a method of screening that I have not yet come across in my research and I think it provides an interesting topic for my paper.

Moreno, M. A., Grant, A., Kacvinsky, L., Egan, K. G., & Fleming, M. F. “College Students’ Alcohol Displays on Facebook: Intervention Considerations.” Journal of American College Health, vol. 60.5, pp. 388-394.

An Intricate Web

As with many physical and psychological illnesses, it is nearly impossible to narrow down and identify the prime cause or risk factor involved. The same goes for alcohol abuse. No psychiatrist is able to pinpoint exactly what drove an individual to drink too much, yet colleges constantly look for key risk factors when trying to identify alcohol abuse on campus. This article is a key component of my research because it highlights numerous factors involved in alcoholism among college students, therefore showing the complexity and uncertainty involved in identifying which students are at risk. One particular aspect of the article that is especially interesting is that it emphasizes the fact that the college environment itself can be a significant factor influencing the amount of binge drinkers on a campus. Based on the article, the region of the country, state laws regarding alcohol sales and use, price and density of residential areas, along with the density of alcohol outlets all impact the likelihood of developing binge-drinking behaviors. As far as my research goes, this article arches over many of the smaller studies that I have found and has similar findings, making it a convenient, all-in-one source for identifying and examining risk-factors involved in college alcohol abuse.

Wechsler, H. & Nelson, T. F. “What We Have Learned from the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study: Focusing Attention on College Student Alcohol Consumption and the Environmental Conditions that Promote It.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 69.4, pp. 481.

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