My Topic: My topic for these three papers is bullying.
My Essays: My definition paper what about what a bully is. This paper explores how different people view bullies. For example, the bullies view themselves as people who have power, while the bystanders view the bully as the cool kid, and the victim views the bully as the source for their sadness and discomfort. My second paper was a proposal paper on how to truly stop bullying. I proposed that the only way that bullying can be stopped is through true enforcement of the anti-bullying policies by people who are educated on the topic and by having a policy for bystanders that causes them to act on a bullying situation or fear punishment. My final paper was a personal narrative about how bullying has effected my life and how it still does every day. Though the bullying may not be directed towards me everyday, it is still found in my life either with it being my friends being bullied or me being a bystander. Bullying has a sufficient effect on my everyday life.
My Research Methods: For most of my research, I used scholarly websites like Rowan’s E-Resources and ProQuest. Most of the articles that I found were purely educational so that I could learn about the topic that I was writing about. I read them and it I found something in them that I liked, then I would use it in my papers. I looked for articles a few times a week because there was always something new to read about bullying and what people are doing to try to stop it or what people believe the true reason for bullying is. I didn’t talk to other people much about my topic because all the people I had talked to about my topic did not genuinely care.
Final Details/Observation: From all of my research and writing my papers, I learned many things about bullying. I learned that some people believe that bullying is a perfectly normal thing to do and they think that it is completely absurd that people want to stop bullying because its “just a part of life”. I learned that bullying affects many more people than you would think and that the United States has the highest bullying rate with about 15-20% of people having ever been in a bullying situation. I still believe that bullying is wrong and we should do everything in our power to stop it. If bullying is put to an end, so many problems will be solved and so many people will be saved from mental illnesses due to bullying.
For my third paper, I have decided that instead of writing a rebuttal paper against those who think bullying is a good thing (which is a bit ridiculous to be honest), that it would be much better and interesting to write a personal narrative about bullying and how it affects me in my everyday life. This is not only with how I am bullied, but also how I am helping those who are being bullied.
For the third paper, as strange as it may seem, I will be writing a rebuttal paper against articles that are pro-bullying. As silly as it seems, they are real. Some people believe that bullying is just a part of growing up and everyone has to deal with it at some point in their life, but I believe that this shouldn’t have to be this way. Others believe that the bullying builds character. Some medical research has shown that bullying is good for the bully’s health.
While it was difficult to find papers that were pro-bullying, they were eventually found and easily rebutted.
First of all, it was a very difficult, long process to finally find a topic that I could write about effectively. My topic changed at least three times before I came to my final topic of bullying. For my paper, I really did like the topic of my paper, but it was a very difficult topic to write a definition paper. Once I did have what I was defining/explaining, which was what a bully is to different people, it was relatively easy to find sources to support my ideas. I believe that writing my next essay will be much easier than it was to write this one.
My research on this topic has been very successful since the topic is so widely discussed. I learned a lot about the medical effects of bullying both on the intimidator and the victim, like how bullying decreases stress levels because it makes the bully feel more empowered. A few of my sources were conflicting because one said that bully is good for the bully and another said that it was bad for the bully, in medical terms. I also learned that bystanders have a large effect on bullies and their actions. http://search.proquest.com/psychology/docview/1526112364/10B374868444427EPQ/1?accountid=13605
It was a lot harder than I expected to write my first essay. There isn’t a lot of hard factual research for my topic because it a mostly opinion based subject. This paper was easier than I expect the rest to be mainly because I just had to define what I was researching, but in the future I foresee issues with finding research to back up my stand on the topic. I am most nervous about finding fifteen sources to complete my annotated bibliography because there isn’t a lot of information out there.
I think in the future I have to work harder on my research in order to be more successful with my topic. I have to sift through the websites and journals to find articles that help me further understand my topic rather than ones that give opinions on how the media should change the way it reports stories.
This is my argument map that I have created for Cultural Discrimination in Bullying.
Due to the research that I have done recently (through Rowan’s elibrary system through the humanities section and ProQuest Central) on my topic of Americanization, I have decided to expand my topic to cultural discrimination. Landale et. al’s Does Americanization have Adverse Effects on Health? and Ahmed et. al’s A Structural Model of Racial Discrimination, Acculturative Stress and Cultural Resources Among Arab American Adolescents have been especially helpful in helping me decide to expand my topic. Landale et. al’s article explains the stressors that are placed onto certain cultural groups (in this case it was Puerto Ricans). This article explains the downsides of health effects (particularly women’s health) from Americanization and cultural changing. These people feel the need to move to America, undergo the Americanization process, and change their culture in order to be treated equally. In doing this, their overall wellbeing is compromised because they are thrown into a completely new world where nothing is familiar. This has many psychological and health problems associated with it. Ahmed et. al’s article explains that the cultural destruction of Arab American adolescents is not as great compared to other cultures. Their culture has tried endlessly to create as many safe, familiar places where they feel welcome. They have a lot of support coming from religious means and their communities. I think that they are ignoring a big piece of discrimination that is associated with Arab-Americans which is the fact that many people believe all Arabs to be terrorists.
I feel like both of these articles only voice their opinion from one side of the argument and don’t take the time to view the other side. While these people crossing to America do have some serious health problems that come along with the transition, America has the means to provide healthcare for all of those who look for it. For the Arab adolescents, I think that they are ignoring a big piece of discrimination that is associated with Arab-Americans which is the fact that many people believe all Arabs to be terrorists. I believe that to truly understand the full extent of discrimination, you have to understand both sides, the good that comes with the bad.