n the Master’s program for Higher Education, we have to complete a culminating project at the end of our two years. Basically, it gives us the chance to unleash the inner dork and dive into something we’ve been wanting to research.
For me, I feel like this opportunity is perfect for me to combine all my academic interests in my last full-on project as a student (at least for a LONG while until I give in and go for a PhD). So when I was thinking about what I wanted to research, I wanted to find a way to combine all my passions into one last shot. That means I somehow need/want to combine everything I loved about Hispanic Studies (identity theory, nationalism, cultural studies, new and different cultural traditions) with everything I love about studying college students (identity development, involvement theory, and motivations behind students’ choices).
So for me, all this hashes out to something international, something to do with Hispanic culture and something to do with college student identity development. Cha-Ching!
Needless to say I am excited about this opportunity. I get to pursue my own personal research agenda that combines all the passions I have developed over the course of my six years here at the College. What is to follow is sure to be a fun ride, and I can’t wait to get started!