junior at Washington College sharing my triumphs, adventures, and derps of college life. ~ written by me, Emma Way
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Research Papers

What is having fifty-three tabs open at one time? What is having fourteen books checked out of the library? RESEARCH PAPERS. Its that time of the semester where writing and social studies students are forced to write term papers on top of term papers. In the past month I have written a thesis and a half, which is kind of ridiculously for a sophomore. But what’s even more ridiculous is that I love it. I love throwing myself into a topic and learning so much I feel like an expert. 

I love reading what other researchers have to say about the topic, watching the documentaries about whatever topic I’m currently immersed in, and memorizing the respective wikipedia page about the topic (no shame! everyone does it!!).

My research skills have drastically improved this year and all my professors can tell. Which is amazing in its self - the fact that they know me well enough to tell that I’m improving! I hate to be such a nerd, but I can honestly say that WAC has made me love doing these research assignments. When you’re passionate about something it’s easy to research and write thesis length papers (generally 30-50 pages).

My current/past research projects of this semester:

1. The Modern-Day Hijab (ended up being 19 pages and I presented it at the conference in Morocco)

2. Conflict and Inequalities of Nigeria (ended up being 22 pages, but I made the spacing smaller so now its 18)

3. Racial and Gender Inequality - African American Women in Chestertown, MD. This research is for my Cannon Street as a Classroom class where my whole class is studying the African American population in Chestertown. Fun Fact: the freedom riders actually came through Chestertown and stayed here for a while!

4. Last, but seriously not least - The effects that charter schools have on traditional public schools. I have already done four interviews for this class and they’re going great!!! Super excited to write my full analysis. I plan to do at least two more interviews.

Although research sounds like a super dull thing, I love it because I really get the opportunity to learn a lot about one topic.