Week 2- What has changed and What has stayed the same

Before I left the U.S., I didn’t have many specific expectations for my study abroad program. This is because I am doing an independent research project, so the cause and effect of everything that happens is solely my responsibility. This is what I love the most about my program. I don’t have to depend on…

Week 1- Home for the Month

Hi everyone! I am currently nearing the end of my first week of my study abroad experience in Israel. I live in a dorm room at Tel Aviv University on the North side of Tel Aviv-Yaffo in Israel. My dorm section is in the building for visiting students. The dorm building is one building among…

Week 1- Goals in Israel

One of the biggest reasons that I wanted to study abroad was being able to apply what I learned in my Religious Studies classes to a real-world experience and opportunity. My focus in my major is Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and specifically the ancient origins and history of these three Abrahamic religions. So much of…

CURF #2: The Benefits of Legal Research

I struck an interest in legal corruption while taking an American Legal History course with Professor Bernard Hibbitts. While talking the course, there were common themes of corruption throughout the legal history of America, and I felt that there was a lot of research to be done that hadn’t yet been paid much attention to….

My Skills Acquisition

Through my research experience, I have developed several transferable, or “soft” skills, which will be very useful in both my academic and professional career. The skill which first comes to mind is adaptability. As I am sure many can relate to, for me, this past year has been full of surprises, many of which did…

Learning Across Disciplines

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in college is the importance of connecting with the people around me. Whether that is introducing myself to someone I am sitting near in the dining hall, attending office hours to ask questions and get to know my professors, or reaching out to classmates in a…

Sharing My Perspective

Effective communication is essential for not just research, but for just about every aspect of one’s professional and personal life. Communication allows for new ideas and inspirations to be transferred from one person to the next and perspectives to be formulated and shifted. Today, I will reflect on the importance of communicating my ideas to…

COVID-19 and Education

My research idea sparked with an interest in learning about how the coronavirus crisis impacts education. What I appreciate most about my research is how relevant and quickly-evolving this idea is. I began this summer with the intention to study how remote learning resources differ across public schools in the Philadelphia area. I was interested…

Project Details

As the summer has progressed, it’s been interesting to see the details of this project progress. Time spent with this project this summer is a continuation of time spent in the fall as a THINK Fellow during the Fall of 2019 with the Honors College. Over the course of the Fall and movement into the…

A Summer of Growth

Before this project, I was very unfamiliar with the process of conducting research, and didn’t have much experience with reading published research either. From the start, my research mentor/ colleague, Dean Murrell, has been a guiding light for me making my way through this project. I used to think that conducting research had to entail…