It’s been a minute! I hope everyone has had a great couples of weeks. We are reaching the middle of quarter 2 at DA, and this sadly means that my independent study is close to ending. Because the end is near, that means that I’m now shifting my focus from research onto my final project. It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come in this process, but it’s also exciting to think about the products that will come out of my culminating project working. I have an idea of what my process is going to look like, and here’s what I’m thinking so far:
As I said in past posts, my ending project is probably going to be multi-faceted. 1) I’m definitely going to have an academic research paper that is the BULK of my final material. The key will be to answer my research question: How can we inspire young people to vote? 2) I’m thinking of forming a young voter activism guide filled with local organizations that members of my community can get involved in. Maybe then I could share it at DA and around? I’m still thinking about how I would do this. 3) Finally, I want to write articles for local papers reflecting on the 2020 election and giving insights from my study.
So, what I’ve decided to do is write a few articles for local papers as a trial run for my huge final research paper that I’ll probably start next week! I reached out to the Indy Week paper here in Durham, and they said I could write an op-ed! It was very encouraging to hear a major news source say that they were interested in what someone young like me had to say about politics. This week, I wrote an op-ed about my experience researching young voters, and then I applied this research to the outcome of the 2020 election. If all goes well, it should come out this Wed, Dec 16! I’m so excited. I should also have a very similar piece coming out in DA’s Green and White paper soon.
Since I’ve had some experience writing pieces for news sites now, I think I’ll start on my final research paper next week! Stay tuned.