Writing Samples


Impact of the Bologna Process on Higher Education in the Balkans

The Bologna Process is an agreement among the education ministries and the universities and colleges of European countries to create the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), unifying the systems of higher education in Europe and changing the structure and policies they follow. This is the first pan-continent education movement that could potentially have a revolutionary impact on the social, political, and economic societies of Europe. This paper seeks to address the goals of the Bologna Process, how it has progressed and advanced through Europe, and the challenges it presents to countries moving forward. I will focus my research on three countries – Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina – and what progress they have made in reaching their goals to adhere to the Bologna Process. I will use government reports, self evaluations and expert analyses of the activities to systematically assess the participating systems.

Violence Prevention Policies in Schools – Policy Recommendations

Despite the vast research on the long-term effects that bullying has on individual students and schools, little has been done at the national, state, and local levels to ensure all schools provide an equally safe environment for children. I researched policies being proposed at the national, state, and local levels that promote a comprehensive bullying policy for our nation’s schools. Using a school-based approach to the problem of bullying, I recommend three policy proposals. First, at the national level, I advocate for comprehensive anti-bullying legislation that would offer specific protections for targeted groups and require schools to adopt anti-bullying codes of conduct. Second, I recommend states provide increased financial and human capital resources devoted to bullying prevention. Finally, I recommend improvements to school reporting levels and enforcement practices. By implementing these policies at all schools around the country, where one goes to school will no longer be a determining factor for their risk of being bullied.

Non-violent Communication in the William & Mary School of Education: Finding NVC Values in SOE Curriculum

The concept of non-violent communication is used to prevent conflict between teachers and students. Marshall Rosenberg’s specific technique of nonviolent communication (NVC) identifies key objectives and specific processes of communicating that can be in other forms of conflict prevention. This paper analyzes the techniques and concepts applied in the William & Mary School of Education (SOE) that support non-violent communication values. The purpose of the study is to gain more knowledge about the training of educators in the area of non-violent communication in classroom management. The researchers interviewed three SOE faculty and three SOE students. We also examined the course catalog of the School of Education and course syllabi/assignments of two SOE courses in search of topics integrated within the curriculum that related to NVC. This research provides a foundation to build a case study of the William & Mary School of Education and the values of NVC found in its curriculum. Our findings conclude that while NVC is not yet a commonly found term, its values and objectives are found in a variety of SOE courses.


Tribe Soccer: Leadership & Experience

If you are one of those fans who only get excited about soccer when the World Cup rolls around, you may want to consider this – the William and Mary men’s soccer team is off to its strongest start in recent history. After finishing the past two seasons with a .500 record, the Tribe will complete their first winning season in four years. If you want to find success like these players have – whether it be in academics, fitness, or relationships – it’s time to find the varsity soccer player within you.

Emerging programs open up educational and research experiences

In nearly every academic discipline at William and Mary, programs give students opportunities to do research, pursue learning opportunities and produce original scholarship. Behind many of these programs, private gifts are driving success.

Sports Psychology

The stigma about seeing a sports psychologist or a counselor in general often mistakes the students who use this service as having something “wrong” with them. Deidre Connelly disputes this stereotype about counseling.


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