Thursday, April 6, 2017
URSP Student Ashley Whimpey Hopes to Understand What Motivates Students to Have an Interest In Programs
My research mentor, Chris Clarke, helped me put together a project with focus groups and coding analysis. Should the project succeed, we will be able to better understand what type of things motivate and inspire undergraduate freshmen to take an interest in programs (like ENCORE) in order to better design, establish, and recruit for them.
An average week means lots of meetings with different professors, offices, and students about coordinating times, ideas, and clarifications. Mostly, I spend a lot of time reading articles about the theory’s application in other projects to get the best ideas and see where my work fits in.
In my research, I’ve had this wonderful opportunity to learn more about what students like me like and see how they see the world’s opportunities. I also have watched so many seemingly unconnected aspects of my college experience come together. Much of what I do doesn’t always seem to connect, and this project has brought home a lot of faith in me that I can not only tread where the path is slim, but pave my very own when necessary. Hopefully a grad school, PhD program, and my mentors all think that’s as rad as I do when it’s all said and done.