I was thinking about how I would start off this summary post and decided it would be best to discuss my feelings pertaining to my research project as well as what I learned from the past few months. First off, I enjoyed doing research, specifically the freedom it gave me to delve into a topic without a timeframe or a syllabus. I was able to move at my own pace and focus on what I thought was important rather than what a professor stipulated as being so. That being said, I definitely had a case of my eyes being bigger than my stomach. When I sat down with my advisor in September to discuss my progress I voiced a concern that I had done months of research and seemed to only scratch the surface of what I wished to uncover. My professor responded that my research proposal and hypothesis was more comparable to a senior honors thesis than a 2 week summer research project and that she wasn’t surprised. I guess I never fully comprehended the difficulty level of a research project until this summer. At least it was a learning experience.
Ah, the end of the freshman Monroe project saga. As researchers prepare posterboards and oral presentations, it’s nice to look back at how much has been accomplished (or changed!) since that original project proposal. Let’s take a look:
Well, here I am, at the “final” chapter of this project – and yet I still feel that all I have given you, my loyal reader, is two abnormally-long blog posts and whatever ends up in this one. You may be disappointed after this, and some of you may even get to say “I told you so!” Whatever the case, I can sincerely promise you I am not done. My background in Language Acquisition before this project was minimal, in Pedagogy virtually non-existent; thus, I entered this project basically as a student of German, yet feel that my commitment and effort on it speaks to my newfound passion for the former two fields of study. I will not give-up on these passions easily, and thus plan to return to this research, whether it be next summer or as a graduate student.
I realized that I never officially uploaded my final blog posts and summary, so with the presentation date soon approaching I present a discussion on the relationship between health and national security, followed by a summary of my research.