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Research Progress

I feel like my research project could be at a more advanced stage, however, I do not want to beat myself up since I am trying to manage home, work, and school. Trying to do all of this and trying to have a normal life during this pandemic and lockdown is not the best for someone who constantly goes through anxiety and panic attacks— is the worst experience ever.

Everything related to writing in English has always resulted difficult for me, due to the fact that my native language is Spanish. Yet, researching I feel like I can be more open about certain writing techniques I like to use, and I get to show the vocabulary I have learned and feel proud of it. To do this research project I chose a topic close to home, and I admit I am glad I did, since I am learning new things about it, and I hope to keep on learning.

I hope everybody is staying home and being safe!

Proposal- Autism and Mental Health

Autism and Mental Health

The research topic I have chosen is the different effects that Autism might have on the mental health of those affected. I have chosen to write about this topic because it interests me. I have always been drawn in by topics related to psychology and the way we, as humans, react to factors in our life and within ourselves. As someone who was diagnosed with major clinical depression and anxiety disorder, I know how difficult it can be to complete certain things can be during the daily routine. My brother was diagnosed with autism at the age of one, he is now about to turn three, and is often troubled by not being able to easily complete activities that a neurotypical could.

Some inquiry questions I have for my topic of mental health and autism are is there a higher prevalence of mental health distress in people with autism? Why are talking therapies less effective for those affected by autism? How can other sorts of treatments better aid people with autism? These questions are worth investigating because I want to know on what level does the diagnosis that my brother was given affects his present and future development. And, not only the way it affects him but the thousands of kids, teenagers and adults who are undergoing through the effects of this disorder. The question I would like to expand my research and knowledge is whether a higher chance of mental distress exists in people with autism than in neurotypical people. I would like to expand my knowledge in this because I have often read about many teenagers and adults affected by autism committing suicide and also mass murders to get rid of themselves and of a subject that bother them, but in a ostentatious way.

            To draw a conclusion, I will need to investigate how a ´normal´ brain functions in comparison to the brain of a person with autism. Besides the anatomical point of view, I will need to research about what mental illnesses are the most common among those who are neurotypical and compare it to the percentage of people with autism. I will need to investigate what makes talking therapy successful and what components are within it. For example, is it the same for everyone, or do therapists create different plans for each patient, and if so, how and based on what? To better understand the effect of therapy on those troubled by autism and its symptoms, I will need to research how treatments for this group get develop and on based on what factors.

Proposal: Social Distancing

Over the past month, we have been hearing about the term social distancing more than ever. It might be me slowly losing my mind but lately, I’ve been brainstorming about where this term came from. Which brought me to my general topic which is, what is social distancing? Obviously that’s a very obvious question that wouldn’t need much research which brings me to my three inquiry questions. The first one being, how does social distancing flatten the curve/ prevent viruses from spreading? The second one being, is social distancing actually the most effective course of action when it comes to stopping viruses from spreading? The third and final question is, will social distancing become the new way in which we live and interact in this world? 

I feel all of this questions are not straight forward enough to figure out with a quick google search. They are all super important topics to be informed about especially with how hard coronavirus is hitting around the world. Many people choose to be ignorant of the fact that social distancing will probably be the only way that we can get rid of the coronavirus which is making the whole process longer than it needs to be. My questions are a mix of looking for effective ways to flatten the curve, if social distancing is actually the best course of action, and how social distancing will change our future. I know for a fact they are important since it’s all that’s being talked about in the media and I know most people are asking the same questions in their head during this pandemic.

While all these questions are important I feel as if my first question is one that I could effectively research. While my other two questions are important to know the answers to I feel like there’s more information out there on how social distancing can flatten the curve. My plan for research is pretty simple. I think I should start by comparing countries who have effectively used social distancing to their advantage and those who haven’t done enough social distancing in regards to coronavirus. However, before I even start I need to figure out when social distancing actually started and how it helped the spread of other viruses to slow down. By showing how social distancing worked (or didn’t work) in other countries combined with showing how it worked with other diseases will help me figure out how effective social distancing actually is. Another method I can use is showing how diseases spread without the use of social distancing compared to the coronavirus when social distancing was implemented. I think the hardest part of my research will be finding other instances of social distancing other than coronavirus. This is honestly the first time I have heard of the term social distancing so we will see if it has been used for other diseases.

Proposal For Final Paper

Topic:College Admissions and Rank 

               I plan on researching college admissions and ranking. I find it interesting because there are many colleges that have a variety of racial groups which make up it’s diversity. Not only do colleges look at grades but they also look at a student’s racial background. This can affect their admissions to colleges because certain schools only accept specific racial groups. This is seen as discriminatory to many students because colleges are not looking at their grades but are choosing them based on their race and background instead. Especially in New York, there are many colleges that its “diversity” is not diverse enough. When looking up universities, the statistics speak for themselves. The minorities according to a graph in regarding to college admissions, are Asians and African Americans and the majority are Hispanics and white people that get accepted into colleges. This gap proves how discriminatory or the word used In today’s society, “diverse”, colleges can be when enrolling students.

          A question that I would like to know and answer would be why do colleges look at students Ethnic and racial groups if it has nothing to do with their Academic achievements? Many students who have good grades may not have been accepted to their school based on their race and because of this, many schools may be looked bad by many people who think the school is too selective. This can affect their rank and possibly get a bad review from many parents. 

           College admissions and rank are also determined by the income families receive. Families who receive less income are gonna have less chances to get into a private college. Caucasian families have more income than families who are Asian and Hispanic. The top 3 racial groups that are enrolled into colleges accordingly are Whites, Hispanics and Asians, respectively. The difference between these 3 groups In income is drastically different though. White families make more than Hispanics and Asians combined. Students whose parents income are low rely on scholarships to cover their tuition and this is the reason why Hispanics and Asians are chosen to get into the colleges they want. 

           College ranks depend on how many students graduate on time and without debt. This is something I would also like to research. Colleges that have high rates of students graduating on time has good reviews which make them more popular. When enrolling to different colleges, students have to research the colleges they want to go to but they have to keep in mind what colleges are more open and acceptable to them. The way they figure this out is based on the college’s statistics on race, income, location, graduation rate and how many students graduate debt free. 

Final Project Proposal

I decided to do my research on the way our criminal justice system effect people of color. Considering how the system is entirely unfair, I want to explore how citizens are not only treated unfair but also the history, the present, and the future of social injustice against people of color. My inquiry questions are:

~Why is it that minorities are more susceptible to police brutality and injustices in prison?

~When an injustice happens to a person of color, can the media influence law-makers into creating new laws to protect citizens?

~What long term effects does the criminal justice system have when impacting an Individuals life, in terms of negative or positive?

I feel as though this topic is very important to me. I have personal experiences and have witnessed social injustices in my very own neighborhood. I always believed that our prison system was unfair and there are several examples shown in the media of unjust actions. People of color are most effected by these injustices. I want to know what it is that causes minorities to be a such a repetitive target?

For this research project I will be using documentaries that shine information on this topic. I will be looking into statistics and data, based on the US prison system. In addition, I will be searching for articles that can help me answer my three top questions and other questions that I have been personally curious about. For example, a question that I also have would be is there a loophole that connects to why people of color get arrested more?

Research and Findings: eBureau and creditworthiness

As a person, who moved to the U.S. 2 years ago, I found it’s very absurd to judge people based on their Credit Score and I was shocked that there is such thing as a Credit Score. That’s why the beginning of the article about eScores really impressed me “Americans are obsessed with their scores”. Ironically, I am no different now – checking my credit score frequently as well as my grades for every small assignment I have and even my weight.

I decided to browse our John Jay college library (online of course) to find any articles about eBureau and eScores. And here’s what I found:

America’s three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – have information about 172 million adults, who have enough data on file. That makes 75 percent of total adults in the country, which means – there are 24 million people without any data available for credit evaluation and also 33 million people with not enough or “thin” credit files. Also, it’s been shown that 15% of rejection is based on a lack of positive credit information or no information at all – not because a person has a bad credit history. That lead bureaus to find alternative, non-traditional ways to analyze consumers – such as checking and debit accounts, utility bills, rent payments, history of address records, criminal history, purchase data, etc.

Additionally, over the last decade since all of our financial information is in our phones – like credit and debit cards, credit score information, etc. eBureau uses mobile phone numbers, emails, and business numbers to get information out of it. As for 2010, they possessed 460 million phone numbers linked to individuals.



  1. The speaker in the ad is a Pepsi-Cola Company.The speaker trying to present themselves that their drink is very tasty and suitable for any meal and any party. He shows on this ad that they are very happy and funny.
  2. The message on the ad says: It fun to cook with this drink, make good conversation, when you drinking you feel like you bouncing. They enjoy and have fun with drink as is says below photo: WHY TAKE LESS…WHEN PEPSI BEST.
  3. The assumptions in the ad is says:MORE BOUNCE TO THE PEPSI BOUNCE.
  4. The audience of the ad IS people who drinking Pepsi and smiling.
  5. The strategies the ad to try to persuade the audience is the people happy, smile , the picnic floor food and BBQ meal.
  6. The pathos to persuade the audience to show people is happy and food delicious with this drink Pepsi.
  7. The advertising is very effective will work if a person who is very hungry and if he or she see this ad and at this moment he or she is feel thirsty, then of course it is effective. But I also think that it may not work for many people, such as vegetarians, or who are dieting, or those people who are against sugary carbonated drinks.

Tips for Managing Mental Health Under Social Distancing

Because CUNY is now all-online, I’m essentially in isolation besides my partner, and am expecting to be working entirely from home at least until August and possibly not seeing my family until Thanksgiving (I was supposed to visit for spring break, and see them several other times over the summer). So that’s what I’m dealing with. However, all of our situations will be different, and all of our needs different, so my tips aren’t going to be applicable to everyone. So, I’m gonna tell you what I’m doing, but you should share your own tips/practices/things that are helping you in the comments! 

  1. I cleaned my entire apartment in preparation. Stress is much harder for me to manage when I’m in a messy space.
  2. I’m getting dressed first thing in the morning every day, even though I’m trying to go out as little as possible. This makes me feel like it’s time to start my day, and makes it easier for me to be productive on the things I need to do.
  3. I’m making my bed every day. Usually I’m bad about doing this, but again, it makes me feel clean and organized mentally as well as physically.
  4. Going for walks. This was confirmed as a good practice by my friend’s brother, who works in an ER. Going outside is perfectly safe as long as you’re not in a crowded area/standing close to other people. Walking gets you a change of scenery and a little exercise.
  5. I’m keeping my phone on the other side of the room. I turned off the volume, texted my family I would be away from my phone, and am sitting on the other side of the room. It’s very easy for me to get caught up in the endless stream of messages and news articles, and it’s all stressful. In order to get my work done, I’m allowing myself to engage in that only when I choose to take a break, instead of keeping my phone near me and constantly getting distracted.
  6. I’m working at my table instead of in bed. Usually I don’t this, but it makes it feel more like “Okay, I’m at work now.”
  7. I’m trying extra hard to keep up with the cleaning and not let things fall into disarray. It’s very easy to let domestic things slide when you’re stressed and adjusting to lots of changes, but a clean space is much nicer to be trapped in than a messy space.
  8. I’m video chatting with my friends and family a lot– it’s nice to see their faces and hear their voices, even though we can always text. It’s familiar and makes them feel less distant.
  9. I’m trying to write a little about my experiences and feelings every day, in a Google Doc that some of my friends are also writing in. This way we can process our feelings, develop our skills as writers, and see what each other are thinking about.

Anonymous Draft 5: This I No Longer Believe

Growing up in a culture where skin color was praised, was a difficult thing for my mother. It was difficult because my mom was taught that white skin was the “superior” skin color to have. This was implemented onto her by her grandmother at a young age. They permed her hair before she was a teenager to even decide how she wanted to style her hair. My mom raised in a wealthy home where money was never a disability, was always spoiled. She felt that she needed the love of a man to be happy not money. She married my dad and had three children with him to try to satisfy her emptiness. Even though she wasn’t treated as a woman who married to be devoted to him she still never gave up on my father. So then the idea of marriage was passed down to me specially because we are of Christian belief so marriage is ideal to a healthy life with “no sin or fornication” as they call it. I loved the idea of weddings and happiness till I got older and started seeing the realistic outcomes of marriages. I don’t believe in marriages being a sign of happiness because people are always going to go through things and I believe some people take marriage is just an excuse for feeling of possession or using another person for their own benefit/ ego or self esteem.