SOAR Student Profiles
- SOAR Position: Member; Vice President (2022-23)
- Major: English
- Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Rhonda McDaniel
Current Focus: Through a Different Eye: An Honors Creative Thesis Project
Project DescriptionThrough a Different Eye is a short story collection that allows the reader to immerse themselves in different perspectives, experiences different personas, and interact with the stories in different points-of-view. The project itself includes an academic component, and I have been conducting research on perspective, persona, and point-of-view within the context of short stories.
Why does this topic interest you?I have always been an avid writer and a dream to publish creative works. I chose to study perspective, persona, and point-of-view in hopes of providing insight into the generally unseen matters of life.
What are your professional aspirations?I plan to publish this short story collection upon its completion at the end of next semester. I will continue to write and publish my works while continuing to conduct research in my field until I graduate. I will continue writing on the side, but hope to work my way up to being a writer and editor for the United Nations.
Do you have any advice for future researchers?I would advise that no matter what you think, you are completely capable of conducting a research project, a creative project, or both. It is intimidating at first, but worth taking a risk, because the benefits are worth every bit. I found out that I can research something that interests me, and it did not have to be a STEM field. I believe it is important to take the leap; find good people to surround yourself with for guidance, support, suggestions. Don't think you are a failure if something went wrong, but think of it as a learning experience. Thinking in that manner made me a better learner, researcher, and writer.