An exploration of transitional experiences of undergraduate seniors through a statistical and phenomenological lens
BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)
Faculty / School
Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Date of Award
Date of Submission
Adnan Ahmed Qureshi, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, IBA, Karachi.
SSLA Culminating Experience
This study explored transitional experiences of undergraduate seniors. This topic merits investigation because of lack of systematic attention paid to the dramatic change of transitioning out of university and related stressors of stepping into the real world experienced by seniors. The Adult Transition Theory (Schlossberg, 1984) was used as a theoretical framework. The study was conducted in two phases with seniors of IBA. Transitional Impact Scale-12 was used in the first phase to measure the material and psychological impacts of transition. There were seven hypotheses out of which only two were confirmed. Multiple linear regression analysis showed a significant impact of the collective categorical variables on transition and a significant difference resulted in the transitional impact experienced by seniors corresponding to their educational background. Next, a subjective phenomenological approach was used. Data were analyzed using semantic repetitions and frequency counting resulting in the identification of organizing themes. These themes corresponded to the 4-S System characteristic of ATT. Situational transition revealed the following themes: 1) coming out of the bubble, 2) uncertainty, 3) taking a risk, and 4) emotional confusion. The self of seniors as impacted by transition was categorized into two main themes: 1) personal growth and 2) leaving the comfort zone. Seniors also identified typical sources of support to effectively manage the transition and lastly, it was also discovered that seniors use and suggest certain mechanisms to make meaning of the phenomenon of transition, such as: 1) writing thoughts on paper, leisure reading, etc. 2) career and mental health counseling, 3) relaxation in surveillance. Quantitative and qualitative results were discussed as a combination to understand senior year transition that is marked as the most significant event in the lives of students.
Hussain, A. (2018). An exploration of transitional experiences of undergraduate seniors through a statistical and phenomenological lens (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/sslace/29
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