Final Senior Project Blog
Hey all, and welcome back to my final blog.
In the days leading up to my final presentation, I found myself writing for long periods of time every day. I had left most of the writing until the last week of the project, but overestimated how much I could do per day. However, the time crunch kept me motivated, and I was able to create my presentation, rehearse my presentation, finalize the whitepaper, and deliver my final presentation within five days.
My rehearsal went very well. The main lesson that I gathered from that experience is that only essential information needs to be communicated through a presentation. I have a tendency to try to cram as much as possible, so this was a challenge for me, but ultimately, the rehearsal helped me cut niche details from it.
During the final presentation (attached below), I began more nervous than I had been during the rehearsal or while practicing, although I slowly eased up as I continued. Everyone seemed to love it, so clearly my dedication towards practicing and improving the presentation, as well as my delivery, paid off.
As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog, my primary takeaway from the senior project overall is that I need to create motivation for myself in order to remain productive and positive while working. This came in the form of the time crunch at the end of the project, as well as the positivity I got from meeting and talking with my advisors and the many great people who I connected with over this project.
I’m certain that as I do more research throughout my life, I will build upon the skills that I learned throughout this project, such as how adaptable one must be during research, how to effectively network and find opportunities, and my personal work ethic. Looking forward, I will continue to build upon my interests in overpopulation, free-roaming cats, and urban ecology.
Again, I’d like to greatly thank everyone who I talked with throughout this project, my advisors, and express my gratitude for the opportunities that I was awarded.
Thank you for reading!