Despite having to come to campus at 7:00 a.m., or having to stay after a long and grueling day of classes until 6:00 p.m., I missed the steady presence of research in my life. College course have an uncanny way of being inconsistent, from scheduling deadlines all within a two-week period to a drought of assignments until the next exam arrives. I loved my research work because it was consistent and always brought a steady sense of progress as the team and I accomplished proje
One of the benefits of a research assistantship is that I get to work on my own terms and my own time, so long as I met the project deadlines. While this flexibility is wonderful, it requires one to be incredibly self-disciplined. Sometimes, self-discipline is hard to work into a busy college student’s schedule. All three years of my college career I have been a full-time student, research assistant, and leader in numerous organizations on campus. I managed quite well by k
Research is a fundamental part of my college career. Not just in my undergraduate research, but I also am able to apply my research skills in my classes as well. In a media research class that I shared with a fellow researcher, Zoie, we already had basic knowledge on how to pull articles and outline for a major group project report. Gaining academic writing, data collecting, presenting, and other skills through undergraduate research is a great way to improve works in college
Before joining Diverse Student Scholars, I never had experience in extensive research, been on a plane, or traveled to other states. I’ve gained so many opportunities to present at conferences and have been able to travel to different cities like Pittsburgh and Chicago. The experience allowed me to develop my communication skills as well as improved my confidence. My first time on the plane was to a Marketing Management Association conference in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. There
I had no intentions to go into research when I started college. In fact, I had no idea what I would be majoring in or what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I chose to focus on my general education requirements for my first semester to figure things out and took a Korean class on a whim for fun. The course itself was interesting, and through it I met many individuals. One of them in particular was a girl who was quiet and sat on the far opposite corner of the room.
I thought I was over my head doing research as my first job in college. With no prior experience, I often felt lost when working. To say the least, I felt really unqualified for the position. However, I am lucky enough to have Dr. Sims as my research mentor. She is flexible with my student life and patiently guides me through what we have to work on. Dr. Sims was the push and inspiration that kept me to continue undergraduate research. Since then, I have gained many skills an
Going into my freshman year, I knew I wanted a job. I was imagining applying at a restaurant or in retail, but my sister offered me position I didn’t think I would ever consider. My sister graduated in Spring of 2017 and during her junior and senior year, she was a Diverse Student Scholar. I would often hear stories about her presentations and research, always felt like I would never be able to do that. I was skeptical to say nonetheless when she asked “Do you want to do rese