begin to think more about what I will be doing this summer, I get more excited for
what is to come from it and how it will benefit me in the long run. This will be my
second and last summer participating in undergraduate research. I have had to
make some small sacrifices in order to participate in summer research, but it has
been worth it and will continue to be. There are not many people who get this
opportunity and there are many who do not take advantage of it if they are offered
From my research experience last summer, I learned a lot, not just in the findings of
my project, but several things that have helped outside of research. I was able to
develop my communication, writing, and presentation skills, which have been useful
during the school year. I was also able to meet people and work with other students
also conducting research. It was great to see all the different types of research that
people are doing in the humanities and in the sciences.
Even if you are not planning to go to on to graduate school, undergraduate research
can be very beneficial. For the most part you get to focus in an area and on a topic
that is of interest to you and get to learn more about it, all while developing many
skills. If you are planning to attend graduate school, then research, either during the
school year or during the summer, is definitely something that you should look into.
I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to work with professors and
conduct research on a project that I am able to present in conferences, along with
other undergraduate research scholars. If you have the chance to apply for and to
participate in research at some point in your undergraduate college career do take
full advantage of the opportunity and learn all that you can in order to help you be
the best student that you can be.
-- Megan Medrano