I have been spending a lot of my time recently working on my final presentation and also my literature review. Last week, my worst nightmare came true and I tested positive for COVID. This semester is not what I wanted or thought it would be! Between the death of my boss, the stress from work because of his passing, and then catching COVID, it feels like I can’t catch a break. However, getting sick was actually the break I did need as I was forced to bunker down and rest. This allowed me a lot of free time to focus on my thesis and get an early start on my literature review.
This downtime was a perfect opportunity to really hone in on my gap and spend time with my topic and read as much as I could. I’m thankful for it. But, the literature review is proving to be quite challenging. How does one tell the story of my gap while making sure to cite every single source? Writing in this format is not fun and I’m questioning my ability to write. However, starting this early was a good idea because as I wrap up page 3, I am able to sit with what I wrote for a couple more weeks and make edits. I think it’s beneficial for my own psychological well-being if I look at the literature review as a working draft. Something that can continue to be worked on and edited.
Tonight we present our final presentation and update our peers on where we stand with our topic and our research. Looking at the work that we have to do over the course of the summer and fall is a bit overwhelming, but I feel grateful that we have the summer to put in some hours. I look forward to speaking with my stakeholders because, at this point in time, I don’t really have a solution. Here’s a sneak peek of my final presentation:
Working Thesis Title
Designing personable, accountable, and intimate experiences in digital mental health interventions at higher education institutions.
Through Research for Art and Design, I want to speak with undergraduate students at colleges and universities in the NYC Metropolitan area about their mental health so that I can better understand what resources have been made available to them at their school so that I can create safe and positive experiences for the benefit of their mental health.