March 14th, 2016 | Uncategorized
I am currently in the process of collecting my research for my dissertation through focus groups. I have completed 3 with a total of 13 first year students at I.T. Carlow. The focus group setting is good for my study because it allows students to bounce thoughts and memories off of each other to elicit answers I need to prove or disprove theories.
I am recording their beliefs and opinions on past family experiences and challenges that influence their family. A recurring theme is the family relationships strengthening as a result of being away at college. Given that I’m studying abroad, I can relate to this and wholeheartedly agree that my family has gotten stronger since I’ve been gone. It makes you realize that the time you have together is extremely valuable. I’m glad I chose this topic because it allows me to learn and research more about a situation I’m in, from others viewpoints without them even knowing.
Victory Scholar: Harrison Deyo
Present University: IT Carlow
US League: MAC
Club/Community Partner: IT Carlow Basketball
Alma Mater: Alvernia University
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