My goal for this thesis draft, from the beginning, was to make it readable for both an academic and mature general readership. That is, ideally I wanted to try out my hand at publishing it! Here’s a teeny screenshot teaser…
After my final submission, I realized that two full drafts are not nearly enough for me to feel confident submitting it anywhere for review. Don’t get me wrong: it’s really quite good as it is. But writing, in my world, is so iterative…it takes accomplishing a draft to know all the ways in which the message successfully and unsuccessfully is coming through in the text. Each revision makes the time for one aspect to emerge…and so writing a stellar essay, for me and for now, requires more than two drafts.
Tentatively, I want to extend the project for the remainder of 2020 to solicit multiple volunteer reviews and do a few more draft revisions. For a graduating senior to have this degree of ambition is a little looney, and maybe unrealistic…but if there’s anything my liberal arts-leaning-social science undergraduate education has taught me it’s that what’s ‘real’ to me is, yes, outside me, but is also constructed by me. That is, I have a part in deciding what’s realistic.
I would also like to develop my website to feature thesis alongside other publications. Excitingly, my undergraduate career included a bit of experience in publishing in academic journals and outlets, behind the scenes as a research assistant and as a co-author.
Behind the scenes as a research assistant for Professor Jessica Kleiss and others, I learned to install a state-of-the-art weather station and was responsible for collecting runoff samples from the Lewis & Clark eco-roof (at Templeton Center) for every significant rainfall event over a period of 10 months. Our research (Okita et al. 2018) was eventually published in the Journal of Green Building (two years after we finished in 2016!).
I learned a lot about Cambodia-Thailand migration, Thai migration policy, human rights abuses, and migrant labor when Professor Bylander invited me to co-author an article with her for the Migration Policy Institute (Bylander and Reid 2019). I also assisted Professor Maryann Bylander behind the scenes with developmental editing and bibliographic support for her consulting report to the United Nation’s International Office of Migration (Bylander 2019).
Last but not least, I’m also a co-author on an article currently in the peer-review process for JAMIA, the leading journal for medical informatics, in which I wrote a big chunk of the literature review as a side-project during a 2019 internship at the Portland-based health care non-profit, OCHIN.
All this to say, I would be proud to feature my ENVS thesis alongside these other collaborate research projects on my revamped website, and bring this wonderful undergraduate chapter of my life to a close.