For every relatively good piece of work I put out, there are about five other unfinished ones that didn’t make the cut. If I finish something completely, it is because I have gauged that it is worth completing due to its quality or originality. As the amount of knowledge and resources that I have at my disposal increases, my tolerance for my older, more seemingly elementary work decreases.
On the most basic level, the research skills I’ve learned and fine-tuned over this year will hopefully prove very helpful for the duration of my academic career. My ability to find sources, compile data, synthesize facts has been greatly improved through the demanding nature of this course. On a more personal note, though, the things I’ve taken away from this class have already played an important role in shaping my perception of success and in influencing my plans for the future.
This Senior Project has inspired in me a passion for research and also furthered my interest in neural processing of information, in this case languages…How do whistled languages work differently (both in the brain and otherwise) than spoken languages, and what does this mean for neuroscience and cognitive linguistics? How do languages survive and what characteristics are present in surviving languages that extinct of endangered languages lack?
While we have many books and scholars discussing the rise of fascism in Europe, we nearly forget about Imperial Japan, which contributed no less to the atrocities of World War II than Germany did. There are so many unanswered questions about the era: the significance of the years 1853-1945 [when] Japan transformed from a feudal agricultural nation to one of the leading capitalist industrial powers of the world while leaving the majority of its people in poverty.
The critical element of VR is the element of “presence” the unshakeable feeling that you’re actually in the world that is being simulated and that what you’re seeing is real and actually happening. This imbues everything with an extra sense of importance and immediacy that just makes everything better. This feeling of ultimate immersion is something I want to create in some small form of my own.
Moliere vs Ionesco: I studied two important styles of theatre that had a strong influence on French drama: Moliere’s take on commedia dell’arte and Ionesco’s absurdism… to explore certain criteria in each era so as to better compare and contrast them: the standard characteristics of each era, the culture and time period and how it affected the theatre, and what similarities remained from an earlier style…
Building a Meat Smoker from Re-Purposed Materials. How can reclaimed appliances be used to create a quality meat smoker? How can I use the smoker to both develop my own skills as well as an educational tool for the community? Why are barbeque and meat an integral part of the American identity and how has it shaped the country? “I am most proud of building the smoker, and my growth as it pertains to being able to organize myself independently.”
My senior project has been a trying yet remarkable experience in a variety of ways. On a personal level, my teaching of a number of social studies classes and the immense amount of time I put into reading Marxist and socialist literature remains a highlight of my time, and sets me on a stellar course for my history and political science double major in college.