Final blog post

I’m relieved to say that I’m pretty much done with my paper. Probably gonna make some final tweaks and re-submit it since I’m presenting tomorrow. Overall this class has really helped me learn how to write a proper research paper. All of the papers I’ve written in the past have pretty much been opinion based, which made them easier to fake my way through and pull off a decent grade. This is my first paper that requires actual data collection and empirical evidence to back up my research, and I must say that I’m glad that it did. The research assignments were also very helpful for me to organize my paper. My only regret is procrastinating so much. I probably would have learned a lot more if I managed my time properly and I’ll keep that in mind for the future.

PS does anyone know the order of who’s presenting tomorrow?

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Almost done!

Having turned in my final paper a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. However I still have to present so I’m not completely done yet. This class has been the cause of my stress this whole semester but I did enjoy it and I learned quite a lot. Looking back on everything I wish I had stayed on top of all the assignments and asked more questions.

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Final thoughts.

This course was definitely a learning experience. Working on one project the entire semester has made me realize how time-consuming it can be. After submitting my final paper I felt a huge rush of relief and accomplishment. Working on this paper made me reach stress levels that I’ve never reached before, but it also allowed me to see how much I’m capable of.  Overall, I now know a lot more on how to efficiently work on a research project than I did back in January.


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Where to go from here?

I’ve been thinking recently about what I could do if I were to continue this research. There is a large amount of data on high school injuries, but not enough on the sport that I really wanted to study this year – rugby. If I had more time, I would survey high school rugby teams in the area, and collect my own data, instead of relying on data from other sources.

Maybe next year.

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Polished Product

Finally, I have a paper I’m proud of. I have a scheduled appointment with the writing center one last time – just to go over grammar and spelling issues I might have. I hope everyone else’s paper is coming along as comfortably as mine is! Good luck to the presenters on Wednesday, too!

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Final Product

Finishing the final copy of my research paper has been such a weight off my shoulders and checking it off of my To Do list was very satisfying. As I go into finals week it’s nice to know that for at least one class I have done everything I can do and only have to wait on final grades!

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Project Limitations and Going Forward

Researching the cost of going to law school this semester has been really eye opening for me, since applying to schools and deciding whether or not to attend will be such a big part of my life for the next year. Overall, I have decided that I am going to apply to law schools and hope for scholarship money and the most favorable outcome! I also hope I will be able to continue this research next semester 361 because I know that the improvements that are possible, like adding more data and maybe applying a different theory can get me even more helpful results!

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The Greatest Feeling is..

The greatest feeling was turning this paper in at midnight. I have never felt so free because this research paper was a stressful process and now I feel like myself again. I do not like research papers and most importantly I do not like regressions.

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I really enjoyed the empirical analysis part of the paper. Was looking over it today and I felt very strong about it. My research has some gaps that can be filled in with future research. Overall, I am thrilled to be done with the paper but also proud. It was a significant amount of effort and even though my hypothesis was incorrect, I still learned a lot and considered it a success. 

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Never felt better

I am finally done and I have never felt better…

This was a tough assignment and wish I had been fixing it all week.

Remember its due at 12 so good luck 🙂


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