Living with my fellow SROPers has been a great experience! I love being able to go to one of their rooms and just talk to them if I’m bored or need a break from working. Living together has not only made us comfortable around each other but we have learned to use each other as a support system. Christie has been my #1 support system for me, since she is so experienced in her research skill she has given me great tips in how to start and format my paper.
Since living together has been such an advantage to us, we usually gather in the common area and work together or go to the library and worked on our research together. I definitely work better when someone is around me, because I am able to focus more.
Since it’s such a broad range of projects everyone is working on, I have learned a few things of some of the projects. There are a lot of great topics everyone is working on. Although some I have no idea what they talk about half the time like Jim. But I am amazed on how much they know about their projects. I feel extremely fortunate to have met them all.
Bonding with the McKearn Fellows, I have noticed that we are all on the same boat. Research seems to be all new to them as much as it is to me. Coming to SROP I feel like a lot of the already have experience in the research field and I’m completely clueless. They have made me feel very welcome around them. Definitely getting to know them has helped me feel comfortable in the field of research that is so new to me. Meeting them has helped multiple of us connect with them, to see we have similar field of studies that can help us collaborate with our projects. I really hope this connection I have made with SROP and the fellows will continue cause it will definitely help me academically and professionally my networking.