Over the past 7 months, I had the opportunity to do something that I never thought I would do in my degree - my own research.
Of course, I took a wide range of courses that required me to do some level of research for papers and assignments. But to do my own research project from scratch was something that I never saw myself doing. If I asked First Year Rachel what she thought about research, she probably would have called it tedious and terrifying. There was so much work involved - work that I personally was not ready to do.
What I found is that as I learned more about different things within Communication, I began to find things that really excited me and made me passionate. Deep within me, it almost warranted a full-on research project.
When the opportunity came at the beginning of my fifth year, I took it and totally surprised myself with that move.
I was fortunate enough to be one of two recipients of the FCAT Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award in the Fall of 2018. This allowed me to do my own research on a project that I wanted to do - namely, learn more about the history of parks in my own backyard.
And so, Voices in the Park was born.
Check out the link above to the *special* page on the website that talks all about the project, read my paper, and listen to an interview that I did about presenting my project at the FCAT Undergraduate Conference this past March!
Let me know what you think, and feel free to reach out if you want to learn more about my research!