BUSY start to Winter Quarter!

I still cannot believe that it is the end of week four! This quarter started off quite busy because in addition to the usual stress of crashing classes and getting accustomed to them, I also had to start prepping for a conference and simultaneously applying to summer research opportunity programs. I finalized an abstract for the McNair National Conference happening in mid-March at the University of Maryland, College Park. I went through about ten drafts of my abstract with the McNair writing consultant, Dr. Broidy and my faculty mentor, Professor G. Reginald Daniel. As I begin to narrow in on my research certain terms are being refined. For example, previously I described the identity constructs I use in my research as the “sleeper” and “awakened” components. My faculty mentor, advised me to change them to “latent” and “activated”, they entail the same meaning however the latter terms appear refined. In addition, he reminded me to cite his work even though I am working on a separate research project to gain legitimacy. Besides prepping for the conference, I have been applying to four different summer research programs. One at UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Leadership Alliance, and CIC. Each application requires different elements and a slight difference in questions with regards to the personal statement which make it difficult. McNair kept telling us that these programs are extremely competitive, thus I will be lucky if I get any offers. This process served as a mini introduction to what will soon await me when applying to graduate school. I hope to get selected at campuses that are not in California just to get a different experience and create a network with scholars and professors elsewhere. Obtaining letters of recommendation was a bit challenging but in the end everything worked out. The next project I will be working on is creating a powerpoint for the conference that needs to be 10 minutes long. This will be the first formal presentation that I will partake in! I am a bit nervous and overwhelmed but overall excited for what the future brings for me.

Staying Afloat

The first quarter of my Junior year has been the craziest yet. Not necessarily the difficulty of course load and work, but dealing with life in general while simultaneously thinking about my research and being occupied with work and staying involved with student orgs. The tardiness of my blog is attributed to everything going on. It has been difficult to focus on anything related to academics and being away from home since one of my cousins passed away. So lately I have been trying to get reconnected with my sense of motivation to get me through the quarter and revisit my work on my research. Though I have not been editing my summer research paper this quarter, I have been spending my time going to a conference, networking, researching summer research programs, and more NETWORKING. On November 5-6 I was given the opportunity to attend the first Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. Although, I was not able to present, I took advantage of being able to meet with leading scholars working on mixed race issues from across the country. It was a historical event that took place and was critical towards my own research and the near future in terms of having contacts for summer research programs and graduate school.