My search for a mentor has finally come to an end. It took some careful thinking and work, but I feel that I made a good choice. At first, I was afraid that my mentor of choice might not agree. Fortunately, after a second round of questions, my mentor of choice has agreed to mentor me. I will also be working a lot with my mentor’s students in laboratories. It all sounds incredibly interesting. I am getting excited just thinking about it! It is relieving to know that an important part of my undergraduate research program is complete. However, this is just the beginning of my journey! There is still a great deal of work to be done.
My next step is to write my proposal. I will need to find some articles to read to get started on this step. I am also still developing my research question, which I need to proceed as well. It will be the base of my research. I know I can do it. I can develop a focused research question. There is still about a month and a half left to the proposal deadline, but this does not mean that I intend to be careless. In fact, I plan to tend to the proposal and question aggressively! I have already started setting up a meeting with my mentor to discuss the matter, and perhaps gain some ideas for articles to read.
There is still a great deal of work to be done and my journey is far from over. I am not exactly sure what to expect will happen or what I will find in the path ahead. All I am 100% sure of is that I will continue my journey to the end. I am motivated, curious, and deeply invested. My goal will be achieved, but likely not alone.