I am constantly curious. I always have been. Growing up, I was that annoying little kid who was either buried in a book or asking an inordinate amount of questions. I just love learning things. School is seriously my favorite. I blame Belle in Beauty and the Beast for turning me into such a freak as a kid…
Seriously though, how great is she?
So, naturally, as I grew older, it seemed natural for me to begin to really enjoy research. Again, I just love learning things.
I also see the world in stories. Some people insist “a picture is worth a thousand words” but I believe that the right word is worth a thousand pictures. Scenes from my daily life become intricately intertwined threads in the narrative web of my brain. That’s why I chose to major in Strategic Communications with a minor in Political Science. I want to spend my life telling the story of a candidate whose message I believe in.
Each of these traits helped motivate my research project and process.
Therefore, when I found my cracked article, I was intrigued. I want to know how to best communicate my message to the electorate, were negative ads really the best way?
I spent several hours over the past few weeks digging my way through sources, sources, and more sources. I’m currently in a 4000 level Poli Sci class called Media & Politics, which deals with a lot of these issues. My professor for this class is also a researcher who is conducting field experiments across the country, which test the effectiveness of negative advertisements. The material covered in that class, as well as several conversations with him, helped me locate prestigious scholars who had already conducted a lot of research in this area. That class provided me with an understanding of the concepts and a springboard for locating reliable sources. This paper also motivated me to get involved with research in the realm of negative advertisements on a personal level. In fact, I’ll be helping with those field experiments as an RA next semester.
So, this has been great. I’ve gotten to learn. I’ve gotten to learn more about telling stories that resonate with people. I’ve gotten to explore new academic opportunities. So, yay for research and living intellectually ever after…
I hope Belle would approve. 😉