Author: Susan H.

Wow. Extraordinary Extrovert.

I felt the need to post about this here because the growth in the work I do is relevant to my research which is relevant to my research. So, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Today I went to the Youth Leadership Conference held by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to talk to aspiring teenagers/high schoolers/some Pima Community College students about the Teen Court program. It was a lot of fun to try to tell people about what Teen Court does, why it’s important to our community, and test people about the juvenile law. Fun fact: If a police officer asks you for your name, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF (many failed to know that and were super shocked haha). What shocked me most was that when I talked about the program, I would start with one or two people that approached me but I would end up with a crowd of people that kind of blocked the hallway where we were set up (sorry about that). What I think drew more and more people in is true because of the words I used. I think this because people tended to join the crowd when I was quizzing people about juvenile law. I presume that when I said words such as “crime”, “marijuana”, “alcohol”, “police officer”, “shoplifting”, “assault”, and “felony”, it perked people’s ears, got their attention, and made them want to join. I was also my normally loud self so people probably had no choice but to listen anyways. But this thought relates exactly to my research!! A lot of what I analyzed in my data led me to believe that headlines covering crime were more likely to attract readers because of their use of such emotionally charging words. But you’ll hear more about that in my presentation 😉 .

Overall, I gained a lot of confidence in speaking with people. I guess, this goes under the growth that I develop in doing my internship. Though I’ve been talking to a group of jurors for 2 years with opening and closing statements, doing things like this is new to me and always gives me an exciting rush. Though initiation is hard, once you start me, ya can’t stop me!

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20+ Pages of What?

Hey there!

Here’s another update for you! As you know from the last post, I finished my paper. Well, the rough draft and now I’m in the process of peer editing with the rest of my AP research squad. Small issue. I’m not quite sure if it’s just because my research is too simple for my liking, too simple in general, or if my peers just seem to have more complicated research projects than mine, but I really feel like I didn’t do enough. I honestly wish I had left school with a stronger project in mind and not have to go talk to Dr. Rosinbum about switching to a new project, halfway through the third trimester. I feel like switching has caused my research to look super easy and simple – more of like a mini project or part of a bigger project than making a bigger impact. I was hoping for something that would spark epiphany, not looking at stuff just to say that stuff is there ya feel? Maybe I’m just confusing or my desire to be complicated is unrelatable, but I really feel like I was missing something. I guess for simplicity sake, I just feel really basic. I mean there’s really nothing I can do about it now. My best bet is to really delve deep into my data analysis and see what’s there.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am very very proud of my research. I’m very proud of the process that I took to get where I am. I’m very proud of the paper I wrote and the data I found and collected on my own.

As for the step that I am on for my research, I added few more pieces of data and currently editing and rewriting like there is no tomorrow. I’m sorry to my peer editors! I am editing on Microsoft Word and transferring those changes to Google Docs, so sorry if you don’t see changes on the doc.

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#Done, but Not Really

Hello Hello.

So, I got some updates! I recently went on a trip to see my sister in California. I managed to finish my paper on the train ride, but at the time I was missing a few pieces of data. From that point on, I basically went on a hiatus (sort of) from research to just in the California sun and smog lol. However, I visited Doheny Library at USC, thanks to my sister, and got the rest of the data I needed. The day I came back (aka my birthday aka Saturday, March 18th) my day was filled from the moment so no research. So now that we are caught up, I now know that my partner is Eugene and we are basically gonna rock it and #succeed together. GO TEAM GO!

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Part by Part, Section by Section

Hello everybody!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. So far I have my intro and method completed but I am very very close to finishing my literature review. I’ve recently gone on a scavenger hunt for sources about headlines that I didn’t have since I’ve changed my research project. I also don’t have all my data because the UofA library didn’t seem to have enough sources for me to look through. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get in touch with the USC library and have them help me out a bit. But I still did compile the data I did have for now and am half way through with my data analysis.

I know. What have you gotten done, Susan?! Your deadline is literally in 2 days!! I know. I know. Though I still have a while to go, I have a lot of my thoughts compiled and outlined and am mostly struggling to write on a deeper, more scholarly level. But since I’m crippled (I have a knee injury) and bedridden for the next few days. I basically can’t leave my bed, meaning I have my laptop and my Winnie the Pooh stuffed friend as my only companions. So, I’ll just be going ham on my paper till it’s done since I’m stuck with it anyways and it’s due too soon!

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