How does it feel about going back? Whenever I hear or read the word ‘research,’ I feel anxious and enthusiastic about what’s about to come in my way. The last time I had research was in 12th grade, and I admit that I had the worst and best days with our research 1, 2, and 3. Consequently, researching makes me feel a mix of emotions that contradicts each other. With the sense of urgency, willingness to learn and accept defeat, and the ability to have great teamwork then, researching becomes tolerable and exciting.
What’s the fun in reading, writing, endless revisions, and mountainous frustrations, you might ask? A roller coaster journey taught me to be patient, raise the quality of my work, and be dedicated to what I do; Be all out. Hence, I became a better student. As I recall the journey that I had through this new chapter, I was worried that I couldn’t reach the standards, especially in these trying times. The research digest could’ve been more fun to do with other students like me; research could’ve been more intense, but at the same time, more knowledge to come if the research digest was accomplished face-to-face.
Researching means interacting with other people and gathering data through the internet, and going to libraries. The enhanced community quarantine last March to May 2020 disappointed me because the Research Digest activity and exam replacement in Purposive Communication was done online, all by ourselves, and without another book/research references. I thought about many what-ifs and could’ve been because I am also a daughter with house chores while doing a lot of required tasks. I missed the quiet but light atmosphere at the University Library and the City Library. The digest also made me reminisce on our researching days in Senior High- where I had a lot to obtain information and memories. That is why researching is not new to me.
The mini-doodle above shows what I did during the individual research digest that proved that I could acquire knowledge and juggle my responsibilities at home even in uncertainties. (but it was honestly more challenging than you might think) Now that I’m a sophomore taking a new voyage to research, I manifest to become better, learn more, widen my perspective, and be courageous to work on different research areas.