sociAl Models: students who are parents              Jessamyn Miller              Ruqian ZHou              Baimeng Zhang
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  1. 1. sociAl Models: students who are parents Jessamyn Miller Ruqian ZHou Baimeng Zhang
  2. 2. Project introduction method and process model I model IIPurposeOur project explored the social relationships ofCarnegie Mellon graduate students who areparents. We wanted to gain insights into thesources of support and stress faced by studentswho have the dual responsibility of studying andraising a family.
  3. 3. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis Sketches
  4. 4. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis SketchesQuestionnaireHi, thank you for coming today. Our team is Jessamyn, Ruqian and Baimeng and we are working on a project for Student-AMiso Kims conceptual models course.We are interested in learning more about you as a graduate student who is a parent. Our research session will take30 minutes and we will be asking you some questions, asking you to draw and to make a collage.Q 1. Please tell me about yourself and your family. What program are you in? Were you a parent when you came to Student-Bgraduate school, or were your children born after you became a student? How old are your children?A 1. Today we are interested in learning more about your social life, before and after you began graduate schooland how you adapted to the experience.The first thing wed like you to do is spend five minutes and make a collage using these photos, stickers and yourown writing and drawing to illustrate your social life in three phases: before you came to school, when you first Student-Carrived and were adapting, and now.A 2. The second thing wed like you to do is imagine two circles. One represents your social life as a parent. Theother represents your social life as a student. How big are they? Are they close together or far apart? Do theyoverlap? Now draw the two circles and explain their relationship. Student-DQ 2. Do you feel that you face unique challenges as a graduate student and a parent?Q 3. If you could have the perfect social life as a parent and a graduate student, what would it look like?Q 4. May we contact you in the coming weeks for follow up feedback on our design ideas for graduate studentswho are parents?Thank you very much for your time today! We appreciate your help.Please take some snacks.
  5. 5. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis SketchesCollages and individual interviewsStudent-A Student-B Student-C Student-D
  6. 6. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis SketchesStudent-A Student-B Student-C Student-DQ1: I am a 2nd year CPID, Q1: In CPID, I had kids before I In Ph.D. program. My Collage: (laughs) holds highgrad, married, almost 6 came. They are (I entered in children were born while I heels out, maybe somewhereyears, and my anniversary is 2006, part time), they are 17, was in the program. Eldest before here (to the far left ofnext weekend. I did have a girl, and 20, boy. both are in will be 5 in May, the youngest the paper, smewhere beforedaughter when I came to school, high school and will be two in June. Did marriage). I love to play withschool, she was 1 year old college. older is a boy, other is Master, but they were born my son, and makingwhen I started, and is almost a girl. Im married, before I after that. something for him, drawing3 now. Obviously, I have came to school. When I cartoons for him. He shows usanother little one on the started, she was 11 and my an image of an Iron Manway, due in June. son was 14. They were in cartoon and figure he made
  7. 7. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis Sketches
  8. 8. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis Sketches
  9. 9. Project introduction method and process model I model II Early concepts Concept Progress Synthesis Sketches
  10. 10. Project introduction method and process model I model II SketchesSketches of thestudents from theirstories told duringinterviews. Visualizingthe situations andbehavior helped usremember theirfeelings andrelationships.
  11. 11. Project introduction method and process model I model II Sketches BEFORE TRANSITION NOW WISH Family Family Family happy { family more time social life is with family travel,beer,laugh for hobby Kids and family first wo more time less time for family uld for leisure lov Does homework em stress It would be great if we could find some with kids ore couples with kids. I feel like I have tim more in common with professors, but not so much time ef missing in for school events or you cant be friends when youre the fam professional life student. Its difficult, Id love to just ily { and talk with them about kids, but theres works independently happy less collaboration frie school that distinction, Im a student, youre a few friends pensive nds a professor, but in my life, I have a lot scared more in common with them than wo classmates. person 1 School Friend School Friend uld working through it, School tired, Friend lov stress everything wrong em or et im ef BALANCE or fam ily an Family Family Family df friend rie nd s photo or small icon Family We need some brief info of each one, would you like edit some storys for them? with your lovly figure? person 2 School Friend School Friend School Friend Family School Friend Family FamilyOur early concept for photo or small iconmodel one. We wanted We need some brief info of each one, would you like edit some storys for them? with your lovly s nd frieto illustrated the figure? and ily fam or person 3 School Friend School Friend ef School Friend timrelationships between ore em lov uld wofamily, school and Family Family Family ds frien and familyfriends using a triangle photo for or small icon time ore ve mto indicate balance. ld lo We need some brief info of each wou one, would you like edit some storys for them? with your lovly figure? person 4 School Friend School Friend School Friend
  12. 12. The Social Lives of Students who are Parents Our model shows the findings from interviews with four graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University who are parents. We asked them to explain their social Family Family lives from their experience both as a student and as a parent. The conceptual model shows an overview of the balance between relationships School Friends School Friends within the family, at school and with friends. Brighter colors represent happiness. Darker, muted colors represent struggle. White areas represent a lack of that elementJessamyn Miller, Ruqian Zhou, Baimeng Zhang in their lives. The sketches illustrate stories the students told us about their lives.Conceptual Models, Carnegie Mellon University StrugglingSpring 2011Miso Kim, instructorStudent/parent Before graduate school Transitioning into school My social life now Family Family Family School Friends School Friends School Friendscouples with kids. I feel like I have morein common with professors, but youcant be friends when youre thewith them about kids, but theres thatdistinction, Im a student, youre a Before I came to school, I was not working, I was at home all I was busy, with lots of people around my age. I made newprofessor, but in my life, I have a lot day. I could go for walks, runs, to the park, but we had no close friends. It was nice being around adults, and adult things, started—I hate the term playmate—but going to a playdate, amore in common with them than circle of friends. My social life revolved around family. I got being back in school. I have a larger social life as student, birthday party. Our daughter is in school now, so we meetclassmates. bored a lot. Id wait for 6 oclock to roll around, and if my theres more people my age, I can go out and be with adults, parents that way. husband was ever late Id be like, "Oh my goodness!" but I can’t commiserate with anyone. My thesis advisor doesnt have kids. If my daughter is sick, I cant get things done. Family Family Family School Friends School Friends School FriendsThere’s a slight disconnect between thepeople who have children andunderstand this world, and people whodont. They can imagine it but dontnecessarily understand it and that is the I used to sleep. I remember sleep. We didnt have kids, so Teaching for me is social. It’s conversational and I get to knowmajority of people. graduate school]. A lot of getting to know people, food, people.We’ll run into other parents from day care when we’re Quiet was nice. picking up our kids and we’ll have dinner together that evening. Family Family Family School Friends School Friends School FriendsI usually spend Saturday afternoonplaying with my son. Its one of the joyswith missing out on social interactionswith classmates. They hang out in thepub, social drinking and partying. I I hung out with my friends and my wife. Wed go to movies I spend a lot of time with other Korean families.choose to stay home with my family. met new classmates and hung out with them drinking beer Church serves as a Korean community. I spend sports together. At that time, my wife and I, we didnt really together, having fun and playing video games. most of the time with my wife and son, a lot of worry about anything. It was almost carefree. church friends, theyre like a family social life. Almost the whole weekend I spend with them. Family Family Family School Friends School Friends School Friends Throughout this, my kids are the focus. They are the thread throughout. They get what they need. My husband, on the other hand, does not. He has to fend for himself. Hes understanding! Before graduate school, I had more time for family and my In graduate school, I realized Id have to drop my prior Im a good model for my kids, theyre learning from me. I husband. I was able to visit my sisters and had more family and knowledge and open my mind. It took time, and that meant understand what theyre going through. We sometimes do personal time. time away from family. Because Im part time, I didnt develop
  13. 13. Project introduction method and process model I model IIKaren,28, full-time graduate student, from Boston, MAbe content from busy but happy school life / feel solitary out of school support understanding responsibility sharing planning
  14. 14. Project introduction method and process model I model IISuggestionsjoin some community groups to know more familieshave more weekend activities with other families support understanding responsibility sharing planning
  15. 15. Project introduction method and process model I model IIMark,33, part-time graduate student, local Pittsburghergain much support from family and friends out of school / feel solitary in school support understanding responsibility sharing planning
  16. 16. Project introduction method and process model I model IISuggestionsjoin some parent-student support grouphave more family-freiendly activities with peers support understanding responsibility sharing planning
  17. 17. Thank you Jessamyn Miller Ruqian ZHou BaimEng Zhang

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