I don’t know about you, but this semester has absolutely flown by for me. With the holidays approaching and the days getting shorter and colder, I’ve been finding myself losing motivation and a bit burnt out from these past few months. But with final papers, exams, and grant proposals due, there’s no time for that!
Luckily, I got a little boost of energy after attending two CLACS events last week: the student/alumni meet-up and the Tinker grant research presentations. The student/alumni meet-up was encouraging because it assured me that some people didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do with their CLACS degree at first, but have settled into great career paths. It was helpful to hear how they got to where they are today.
I also really enjoyed attending the Tinker grant research presentations, during which students presented their thesis research that they conducted last summer with funding from a Tinker grant. It was really interesting to hear about the various topics that students researched, but it was even more useful to hear about the different possibilities for methodology and ways to go about conducting research. It was even somewhat a relief to hear that many of the students had changed their thesis topics during the course of the summer and even this semester, and that they had all experienced logistical and theoretical setbacks during their research. It’s definitely a nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling with this research!
I’m grateful that CLACS offers these types of events, publicizes them, and encourages students to attend. I think that a lot of students get very wrapped up in their schoolwork, that they forget to go to these events, meet people, and learn more about the field. I would really encourage more CLACS students to make it to these events because I’ve found them very helpful and insightful!
Elizabeth Con is an MA Candidate at CLACS at NYU