Date of Award
Master of Science
Leadership and Policy Studies
William James Jacob
Donna J Menke
Scott L Radimer
Common expectations of incoming undergraduates have been identified, however, the influences on these expectations are varied and include input from high school, familial pressures, and the media. Incoming students consume messages regarding what college is like from these various sources, yet the specific impact of narrative media has yet to be investigated. Utilizing interviews of college students following their first full-time academic year, this study accomplishes two tasks. First, the types of expectations students have of four common assumptions of college congruent with previous research are identified. Then, the influences of narrative media are investigated and analyzed. The analysis of the data from the study results in the types of false expectations held by the subjects and three themes of the student expectations that include the complexity of influences, self-constructed experiences, and a high level of media literacy and understanding.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Clinton, Micheal John Jr., "Effects of College-Themed Media on First-Year Student Expectations" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1835.