I’m frustrated with myself because I want to know exactly what my research question is but I am so interested in so many areas and issues dealing with education that I don’t know how to narrow it down! I am currently reading a book titled Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough. It is about a guy named Geoffrey Canada who starts several programs in New York in order to provide poor families with adequate education. This book inspires me a lot, which is great because I plan to build a charter school someday. However, it is not helping me narrow my interests. A part of me wants to stop reading the book and start reading some scholarly articles about education in order to narrow my interests. The other part of me likes this book a lot and does not want to stop reading it. It’s a difficult decision because I also have four classes that I have to focus on. It is the middle of week eight and I don’t really have time to start something new. I think I’m just going to finish this book and hope that by the end I have a better understanding of my potential research question.

On a positive note, I will be starting a new research project next quarter. It will be through the Chinese department and will result in a senior thesis. My topic is Chinese diplomatic relations in Africa. I am excited because it is partly a continuation of my summer project. Also, I am excited to read about how the Chinese perceive Africans and vice versa. The good thing about this project is that I have already begun making a list of sources! I am trying to prevent the frustration that I am currently experiencing with my other project, so I decided to find sources early. This way, I can spend some of winter break reading and developing a question for this project. Hopefully this will work! I just need to figure out how to keep myself motivated during winter break. I know that I am vulnerable to sleep and shopping.

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