An Uncertain Future
Ending my senior year like this is not something I expected and the future is more uncertain than ever. However, in the uncertainty, it is nice to know that I have so assets that will help me in the future. The process of writing a capstone as well as the capstone itself will come in handy in the future. The entire capstone process has been a lot of hard work but in the end, the finished product was something to be proud of. While the actual subject matter of my thesis is probably not going to be anything I continue with in the future there have been many lessons that I have learned along the way.
The Process of Capstone
The year process of completing my capstone has given me many skills that I will be able to use in the future no matter if I go back to grad school or going into the professional world. In the environmental studies program, the capstone process is quite independent. Our class has so many different interests within the broad field of environmental studies that it would be impossible to hold everyone’s hand throughout the process. Since it was such an independent and large project I had to learn out to manage my time correctly to hit all the milestones I needed to.
Challenges Along the Way
This process has taught me to follow through and how to adapt to problems that occur. During the research process, there was some information that was just impossible for me to obtain and I had to change the way I was doing research and adjust expectations for information that I could obtain. I found that some government websites were easier to use than others as well. But in the end, I was able to continue and create a thesis paper I was proud of.
Capstone as an Asset
Having a thesis as an undergrad is something to be extremely proud of and many of my other senior friends in other departments and other schools do not graduate with such a large research project. This will be a great addition to my resume and an excellent example of my written skills. Whether it is for additional schooling or for interviews for jobs my capstone will be something that I can point to a project that I worked on for an entire year.