My Brackenridge… Endings?

As my Brackenridge Fellowship comes to a close this summer, I would say that my understanding of research and scholarly work has changed significantly — and not in the way I expected. I don’t know if it’s just my specific research project, but the process has turned out to be much drier, tedious, and less exciting than I expected it to be. However, I think I’ve come to appreciate the importance of research more, and therefore feel that scholarly research is worth the monotony.

The one thing that I found most valuable about the Brackenridge experience was being able to interact with researchers from other disciplines during the weekly seminars. Hearing from such a diverse group of scholars was incredibly enriching & enlightening, and I think will be my biggest takeaway from the Fellowship.

After my Brackenridge, I plan to continue my current research in hopes of earning a BPhil in Psychology, and ultimately become a professor in the field (despite my expressed reservations about conducting research, I don’t think I’d feel fully comfortable anywhere except in academia). In other words, even though my Brackenridge is over, I think my academic career is just beginning…

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