Week 7: Communication is Key

This week brought with it one of the most stressful experiences of my life as my research team thought that all of our work up to this point was moot. There was a period of miscommunication among our group members as we worked through are limited and hard to schedule interview. Confusion about the status of our IRB as well as what pertains to our research project become incredibly confusing. One of the key things to remember in research is to not overreact and stay calm until everyone knows what is going on, which is one of the most frustrating things in the world. Fear of the unknown not only rocks the boat, but creates a situation by which people get defensive and want to defend everything they’ve done up to that point. One of the key point is that now everything has been handled and we are making our first field visit down to Edmonds tomorrow to work with an interview and to go take pictures. I am excited, yet cautious because I still am a little uneasy about the events concerning our group’s work and communication.

To work through this project and provide anything of value will be incredible, but do I wish that we had significantly more time. I feel that even on a semester schedule this timeline would be pushing it. That is an important consideration to bring up when talking to the people who organize the programs, while something like this could be achievable, the shortened timeline combined with the complexity of the project makes this one of the hardest things I have ever done.

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