Dr. Rudes introduced the research assistant positions for the project during her CRIM 402: Punishment & Corrections class. I became interested in the project as soon as Dr. Rudes said the words: “interviewing inmates”. My first thoughts were: how cool would that be and what a rare opportunity! Her class focused on solitary confinement, which is something that is rarely talked about that I absolutely believe needs to be. I want to help, and by having a role in this project I believe I can. So, I went for it! It relates to my long-term goals because every skill I have learned throughout this project will benefit me in any criminal justice field I work in. On a weekly basis I am usually continuously writing a journal article that includes a literature review with my teammate, brushing up fieldnotes and other documents, and submitting videoblogs to document my experience throughout the project. I have discovered numerous things; a few include what the research design and process is like, what it’s like to write a collaborated literature review and working with mentors.