Before writing a research paper, the writer usually has a strong and passionate opinion and stance on the argument in question. Yet I have learned that anomalies may occur, and they can be for the better. Throughout this paper, I have heard other sides to the argument, walked a mile in someone else's shoes, and tried as hard as I could to understand peoples perspective and arguments. This has resulted in a personal shift of my opinion, and has changed me for the better.
I am writing a research paper on if college athletes should be paid or not. I used an EBSCO database to do a lot of research on this topic. The most interesting article discussed the legality of this issue. Basically if student-athletes want to be paid, they have to be recognized as employees of the university. They can then make unions and bargain for workers rights and compensation. The biggest argument is over common law. Common law has 3 tests.
The article Confessions of a prep school college counselor: our author looks at books about college admissions - and at the unexamined prejudices fueling the "elite" college admissions frenzy points out that there is an stereotype where people who have a degree from a school like Yale or Harvard are “highly intelligent.” This is not formed based on an acquaintance with a graduate from one of these schools, but on the name recognition that the school itself holds. This concept is never more important than when a student is making a decision about where to attend college.
The discussion of if paying college athletes has never been more prevalent as it is today. As recently as August, a group of Northwestern football players attempted to unionize, meaning they would be considered employees of the University.
The price of college plays a large role in almost everyone's lives. This is important to me because I will be heading off to college next year and my family is going to have to deal with paying for the rising tuition prices for two people, my sister and me. The Cost of College Education is a piece that sheds light on how the money can be a burden for most families. The author, Sarah E Farrell explains how cost has increased dramatically from only 40 some years ago and the total cost is just slightly less than what most students will begin to make outside of college.
I found these links during my research about college:
"Forget Harvard and Stanford. It Really Doesn't Matter Where You Go to College." Washington Post. The Washington Post. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
elite college account for about 6% of college students in the U.S.
Children a pressured into going into the most competitive environment for college
Employers more interested in experience rather than the name of the school a person graduated from.
Bruni, Frank. Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Print.
Should college athletes be paid? This is an issue of huge debate right now. Many argue that a full ride scholarship is enough but college athletics is becoming more of a business than a hobby. College Athletics is a multibillion dollar business where the actual athletes see very little of this money. The NCAA is the main reason that these college athletes don’t see any of this money. There is currently an ongoing legal battle and the athletes have made some progress but are still looking for more rights.
An issue in today’s society that concerns me is the cost of college education. It seems to be ridiculously expensive, and nowadays you practically need some sort of college degree if you want a sustainable job with benefits at all. I especially think free college education would be a good idea because there are so many students who want and would work very hard in their college education, but simply cannot make ends meet to afford it, or they have to take out student loans and are paying them back for a good portion of their life.
One political issue that affects not only myself, but my entire generation immensely, is the rising prices of college tuition. According to an article in the New York Times written by Adam Davidson, the price of private education has multiplied nearly three times and public education has quadrupled since 1974. One might say that this rise in price goes hand in hand with the average income families make a year, yes this number has risen but certainly not at the same rate as college tuition.
Most seniors, including myself, are looking for possible institutions to attend after graduation. However, a common problem is one’s ability to afford the costly colleges. I am very interested in the many different options in paying for college, specifically merit-based and need- based scholarships. I believe need-based scholarships are an essential part in the college funding process because it provides students who come from a lower income the same opportunities as students from other incomes.
The cost of a college education has risen drastically over the last few decades. As a person who is now looking into colleges and trying to find out where I want to go and what I want to do with my life, the cost of a college education is now an important issue I deal with daily. I personally am looking into a career in social work, which many would consider a very important field that can do a lot of good in society. However, the cost of a good education to ensure a good job in social work is rising to astronomical heights.
The cost of college has always been an issue. (http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college) As it is stated in a US News article (Paying for College), “Paying for college can be one of the toughest parts of earning your degree”. This is very true, because getting an education is so expensive these days some kids aren’t able to attend even though they want nothing more. Kids are also scared of going into debt because they don’t want to be paying back their student loans 15 years after they graduate.
Eight years. I have been dancing for eight stressful, fun, and exciting years. It is not the stereotypical dance though. I participate in Folklórico. The group performs traditional dances from Spanish speaking countries, such as, Mexico, Panama, Spain (Flamenco is my favorite) and many others. It is rather unusual for a teenage girl to do this type of dance, but I fell in love with it. Dance has exposed me to my culture, created opportunities for me in college, and helped me with my perseverance.
For my whole life teachers have always hammered into my head about how important doing well in school is. They claim that by doing well in school, you will equally do well or better off than others in life. This always made me think that I had to be at the top of my class to get into a good college and then work hard and later get a good job. But does that really matter? Does someone with a 4.0 GPA in high school earn more later in life than someone with a 2.4? One of my cousins always said "C's get degrees!" and I'm sure others have heard that as well. So which one is right?
There is dispute over the correlation between college admission and race. The new options for multiracial identification in college applications have forced colleges to confront questions from applicants. Is a student applying as black and Latino more desirable in terms of diversity than someone who is white and black? Should the ethnicity of one’s distant relatives be considered fair game, or just the ethnicity of the parents?
Many times when students go away to college their relationships with their families change in numerous and various ways. Of course living away from a place and the people you have lived with for the first eighteen years of your life is a huge and eventful change, and with this change comes new ways in which college students interact with family members, especially with their parents. How these relationships change are entirely dependent upon the family and how they shift together.
If I were to tell someone I do not want to go to college, they would be shocked with me. College seems like the next logical step in someone’s life after they graduate high school. If you don’t go to college, you don’t succeed in life, you’re probably going to end up working at McDonald’s or depending on your spouse for money. So is college really for everyone? I am convinced that there are other paths to take in life to achieve success.
My research question is about why rape culture is perpetuated specifically on college campuses. From my EBSCO research I identified a number of interesting things, but one in particular being the fact that as a whole, male college students are not sexually violent. A study done at the University of Massachusetts, which identified only a relatively small group of perpetrators in sexual assault cases, concluded that more than half were repeat offenders, averaging six rapes each.
For our AP English class, we are writing research papers, and my paper is investigating if colleges or the NCAA should pay/compensate the student-athletes that generate so much money. I researched articles on the EBSCO site and found some interesting material. One argument against compensating athletes is that so few schools generate income from their sports, but the NCAA makes over $6 billion yearly, and none of that is given back to the players or families that generated that income.
5 majors that interest me at UC Berkeley:
Cognitive Sciences- I am interested in learning about Cognitive Sciences because I want to learn about the mind and how it works and why it works the way it does.
Nuclear Engineering/ Chemical Engineering- I am interested in learning about this major because I want to know how they solve real-world problems.
Economics- I am interested in this major because I want learn about how people use their resources to survive.
Classical Languages- I am interested in this major because I want to learn a variety of languages, even the dead ones.
I recently read an article by Andrew Zimbalist of the Huffington post. I found his point about how money needs to be spent on facilities, coaches, and their staff and not on the players to make the most out of the players. However, Mr. Zimbalist noted that he does agree that something needs to be changed in compensating athletes.
In a poll put together by "In the Public Interest and Center for Popular Democracy", voters ranked parental involvement in motivation and school choice as one of the top problems of the current educational system in America. This comes from both lack of parental motivation and too much parental motivation for their kids to get good grades. Parents have become more concerned with their kid's grades rather than their kids learning for the sake of learning. This is because parents want their kids to go to the best colleges, which is only possible through good grades and high test scores.
Many Americans- including Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo- believe that the NCAA making multiple billions of dollars a year at the expense of their athletes is wrong. However, professionalizing college sports and allowing players to be paid by schools is widely debated; would the less popular sports lose funding? How much would players be compensated? The NCAA stands firm in their belief that giving some lucky student-athletes scholarships is compensation enough for athletes and that giving them room and some food is enough.
They say, ‘’Life’s a book and those who don’t travel only read one page.’’ When I turn eighteen, in the summer between high school and college I want to travel to as many places as I can. Places such as Africa, India, Paris, London, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Amsterdam, Hawaii, Mexico. I want see how other people think and live before I choose a place of my own.
What do you think of when you hear the word “culture”? I think of the various rich cultures in our nation, or a biological culture, or maybe even popular culture. But what I don’t think of is rape culture, which is odd considering that rape, and therefore rape culture, is an incredibly common occurrence.
There is much discussion lately on paying college athletes, since as of right now, they receive no payment for their talents. The most compelling evidence for paying college athletes that I researched was that the NCAA makes around $6 billion a year. Students do not get a penny, since they are considered amateurs, and the NCAA wants to conserve the notion of amateurism. Furthermore, coaches make millions of dollars from salary, but also obtain money from endorsements, radio shows, promotions, etc.
Have you ever been so pressured to finish an assignment that you’ve copied it off someone else? Have you ever just been too lazy to finish your work so you copied it? Both ways, you are plagiarizing. Knowing you are plagiarizing is conscious plagiarizing. Innocent and unconscious plagiarizing is another story. Plagiarism has always been an issue and some feel there are excuses for consciously plagiarizing. What is the severity of the consequences for different cases of plagiarism?