HCD Lucy Pain
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Lucy Browses Web
Kellogg International Scholars Program
Lucy just started her second semester at Notre Dame, and is catching up with a friend. Her friend, who knows how passionate she was about international development in high school, tells her about the International Scholars Program. Lucy is excited to look into it.
Lucy Meets Professor
Lucy decides to explore the website when she returns to her dorm room. Lucy is planning on majoring in history, but she is not completely confident in that decision. She is overwhelmed by the amount of faculty and the complex work that they are doing. She is unsure of how to even begin working her way through the research that is being done.
Lucy's Sophomore Year
Lucy decides it would be best to focus on the faculty within the history department. After three hours of looking through the history department faculty and trying to understand the research projects and past publications that they have linked to their pages, Lucy picks one whose research seems really interesting. Feeling weird and scared about it, she sends the professor an email asking her if they could meet to talk about her research.
After many emails back and forth trying to find a time that worked for both of them, they finally meet. Lucy had prepared a few questions, and she is really interested in the research being done, but the meeting is awkward. They did not know what to say to each other, but the professor still agrees to work with her if she gets into the program. Lucy does not have a clear idea of what she would be doing and although she is feeling a bit lost, she does not want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.
Lucy applies for the program, and gets in! She is really eager to begin as soon as she returns for her sophomore year, but soon finds out that the research being done is nothing like what she was anticipating. She is unsure if she even wants to stick with her history major as she delves deeper into her classes. She also has difficulty communicating with her advisor, and they cannot seem to get on the same page. Despite their issues, Lucy is learning some basic research skills that will help her in the future.
Lucy is unsure of how her research relates to the larger issues associated with international development, and she has not excelled within the program as much as she had hoped. She realizes now that even though she thought she was passionate about history, she should have looked into professors in other departments. Lucy feels like her advisor has invested a lot of time and resources into teaching her, so she does not want to switch to another professor. Lucy decides to stick with her current situation and maybe explore some other potential interests through extracurriculars.
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