Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Research Blog #2

1. I am still firm with the general idea of my research topic. I would want to focus on international students studying in American universities, but I would probably look into something more specific other than stress factors. Perhaps, look into the effects of President Trump's travel ban on students and university communities.

2. "International students" is definitely a useful key term and it has something to do with the recent Trump travel ban, which had prevented many international students from entering or reentering the country. Though I could not find any scholarly articles about it yet, there is an abundant news articles in regards to the ban and its correlation to international students in America. In one article, the travel ban may also deprive the American economy and universities of revenues.

3. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0951507031000114058 - This article, on top of the ones mentioned below, appears to be important because it wishes to predict accumulative stress among international students in America.

4. There are a lot of topics I have found when conducting this search. Obviously, at this moment, the hot topic is in regards to Trump's travel ban and its effects, such as the loss of revenues in universities and the economy. I also found a new term, acculturation, which is a source of stress for international students that can be described as a clash between two cultures. It is something I am experiencing myself, since the culture I was raised in is completely different that the one I had grown accustomed to in America. Also, I can identify that international students are also a main source of revenue for universities and this in itself can be presented as a stress factor for students, since students like myself have to pay about four times the amount of an in-state student per academic year. In addition to that, international students are deprived from financial aid opportunities and most often, our ability to pay through university is dependent on the exchange rate of our respective countries.

5. http://www.aabri.com/SA2016Manuscripts/SA16031.pdf - The first link inspired the topic of my research. The paper demonstrates what induces stress among international students, such as language barriers, the feeling of loneliness and a sense of isolation. It is useful for my topic because I would like to identify the sources of stress among international students.

http://www.academicjournals.org/article/article1380360045_Poyrazlit%20al.pdf - This scholarly article discusses about acculturation, which is the clash of two cultures, commonly experienced by international students that study in countries aside from their home countries. It is relevant to my topic because it may be presented as a source of stress to international students studying in America.


6. I couldn't identify any controversy in regards to my topic. Stress factors among international students are risks that students take while studying abroad. It is definitely a calculated risk since students must have the financial ability to pay out-of-state tuition fees, accustom to a new culture, adjust to a different academic environment, among other things. Though, certain parties are continuously taking advantage of international students, such as competing to recruit the most international students to rake in revenues for their institutions.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Research Blog #1

The topic I chose for the final project relates to stress factors among international students studying at universities in America, as this is something I can personally relate to. Therefore, I can pinpoint a lot of factors such as financial/currency rate, adapting to a new culture, as well as maintaining their old culture. It is definitely something of my interest and I'd like to explore it further through the research.