Last week I participated in my first residency here in Houston. The residency was very helpful and I was pleased that I knew a lot about some of resources available to me, like the Writing Center, useful webinars to help students with their writing, and the research center.
While I did learn a lot, I also learned that I didn’t know everything and that’s okay. I’m still fresh in my program and I just need to give myself time and the rest will come. There were a couple of takeaways I learned from the residency which I plan to apply to my academic life.
1. Read, read, read
2. The research question directs the research method
3. When looking for a dissertation topic always ask, “Where’s the gap”?
4. Organize your work
5. The KISS Method (Keep It Simple Sally)