How do you decide what your research topic is? I think this is the question that runs through the minds of many students new to the McNair Scholars Program. It was definitely one of mines.
I stayed up many nights just to think about what is it that I want to research. I would get frustrated with myself when I couldn’t figure out the answer. After many restless nights, I realized that I approached this simple question very wrong. Instead of trying to think of random topics, I realized that I had to find out what is it that I am passionate about. What is it that lights a fire in my belly? It was then that I found out how much I wanted to make a difference in the workplace. I’ve heard stories from friends about how managers abused their power, how sales were stolen from associates, and when my friends were mistreated how their managers retaliated when they reported the misconducts. Why do these issues occur? I needed to find the answers.
I think that once you find out what you are passionate about, it sorta becomes the engine that drives your research. The only thing left is to find the framework and missing parts that makes your research complete. So here I am today still adding on the missing parts, but the engine is still running.