This is mainly for me.
I realized recently that I have not done much in my research area in the past few years. It’s nice to have done research that is still relevant in conversations today. I know that my doctoral research was a few years back, but I am able to still use it – even though I haven’t updated any of it.
A few days ago, I found and old paper that I had written for a conference. I took a few of the concepts from my dissertation and pieced it together to write this paper so that I can do a presentation at a conference. It was fun reading my paper – and I quoted myself which made me laugh that I could technically do that. I quote a published work so there’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s very pretentious.
I realized that even though my research from years gone by was still relevant, that I hadn’t used any of my research muscles or skills in the past years. As I start working on the student life programming of this college that we are starting – I am thinking again as a researcher. I’m really excited to set up these programs with the research in mind – a proactive approach to the programming as opposed to the reactive research methodology of most student life programs. Not that it’s an after thought – but I only know of one student life program that was built on solid and grounded research.
So I am excited to build this student life program with the assessment in mind – on the front end, but more than that, I’m excited about researching again. Writing papers and articles again will be fun. But I am sure that I’m rusty so I better get to it.