This is dead week and have not made much progress with my research. I am now beginning to truly understand how difficult it is to be a student and a researcher at the same time. It seems as though once week 8 came, both of my research projects were tossed aside. Although I have not completely abandoned my research, it feels that way. I am currently enrolled in the maximum amount of units that a student can take in a quarter. It didn’t feel overwhelming in the beginning of the quarter, but once it did I just took my research out of the picture and the stress significantly decreased. I wonder if professors are able to just put their research on pause. Anyway, the next step in my research is to learn more about charter schools and what is their purpose. For my other research project, my next step is to continue reading books and articles, update my bibliography, and continue composing synopses on the literature. Next quarter I will begin the actual drafting process of my senior thesis. Surprisingly, the actual writing part is a lot less daunting than the gathering literature part. It is so frustrating when I begin reading a book because I think it might be relevant to my research, only to find that it is mostly useless! Then what do I do? Do I just stop reading the book, even though I am half way done with it? Or do I just deal with it and plow through???