Submission Date

7-21-2017

Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

Department

Sociology

Faculty Mentor

Jasmine Harris

Comments

Presented during the 19th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 21, 2017 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

Given how the current social and political climate of the United States, and subsequently the rest of the world, has impacted students and the environment on college campuses around the country, this project seeks to understand how people make sense of the events that occur during their time in college and how their feelings may be captured and revealed in their personal diaries and letters to family members, friends and themselves. The purpose of this study is to question what similarities exist between the two mediums of writings by college students and how these coded themes provide insight to better understand college students' lives. The project centers around the following research question: how have college students' perceptions of identity and its relationship to concepts of home, family and stability changed and transformed during times of political and social upheaval on college campuses as depicted through connections with persons not on college campuses?

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