A Question of College
English 101 had a series of projects concerning college life. In my projects I discussed possible effects of not adjusted students on college communities. The first project was a podcast on a less revised version of my topic. The second got interesting, students had to expound further on the now revised topic with concise writing. In this article I will link college life to English 101 and expound on why I suggest taking this class, required or not.
I am not one to struggle much in school. I did not know how to make a podcast. Learning how to record voices then turn in a full podcast was nightmarish.The podcast required that I support or prove wrong some assumptions about my topic through three interviews with my colleagues.
This is the third project in the series and a guide through my journey through English 101. I will tell readers about my experience and through knowing my experience hopefully people will realize, college can be hard, and college doesn’t have to be difficult if students work together to get through.
Going through the projects in English 101 I had to find ways to create meaning behind the claims later made in my OAT Project. I did this by connecting my topic to my sources and then to my primary audience, college freshman. In my early research I found that college students liked good grades for the most part and that many mental problems plagued them; this was my way of linking my topic to college students “hearts”. Even as a freshman myself I wrote a project that made me want to listen.
My sources, Jessica Kuper and her book on “Social problems and mental health” in particular helped tremendously. Jessica taught me about the effects of mental problems on social life; I was able to link these mental problems to time and efficiency with school and come up with a theory. My theory that I created after an accumulation of data through both project was that if college students manage their mental health a result is increased efficiency in school. My theory was a build off of Jessica Kupers work on mental health being undeniably linked to social problems.
Mental health, anxiety as an example, can cause a hesitation for social interaction even an aversion to an vital part of life being the interaction that most people need. If people do not receive the interaction we instinctively crave (Jessica mentioned Loneliness and Anxiety many times) we become lonely. Linking mental health to student’s grades at this point was very easy considering that hesitation and aversion to possibly getting help from fellow students or having a mind not at ease whilst doing required work can easily cause a loss of efficiency. The link between mental health and school was the center column that held up my topic in English 101.
In conclusion, English 101 was a good class for me to take. I learned much about college life, as that was the main topic of all the projects within the class. I found out that mental health is a key point in navigating the college path, and that mental health can be linked to grades as well as social well being. I learned how to record myself and take criticism as well as praise along the way through the Podcast Project. The OAT Project taught me that student work best together and by doing that students can overcome social and mental problems, which are, by my theory, linked to school performance. What I learned, and am most happy about, is that English 101 is a class worth taking and English 101 prepares college freshman for what lays ahead.
- Jessica Kuper,Social Problems and Mental Health,Many other contributors(thousands),Version 1,Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987,London ; New York.
2. College fact sheets: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/CollegeFactSheet/CollegeFactSheet.pdf
3. Survey on college students: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/CollegeFactSheet/CollegeFactSheet.pdf