In my past few blog posts, I have written a lot about my topic and vision, but very little about my actual process. Although this research is rewarding, it’s difficult to balance with regular school work, college applications, and outside commitments. I have been trying my absolute best, but this week, every hour spent seemed like a battle. 


Whenever I get into a rut such as the one I had this past week, I find it helpful to first, watch motivating videos on youtube. I hate to be cheesy, but this really helps me get in the mindset to get things done. Next, I stockpile caffeine. Colombian dark roast is my brew of choice. Finally, I love to write lists on why I’m doing what I’m doing. It helps me remember the importance of my work.

  • I want to be able to share my work with the Westtown community.
  • I want to be able to share my findings with the outside world.
  • I want to be able to contribute the national conversations on police brutality.
  • If at all possible, I want to help to prevent further pain and suffering caused by this crisis by presenting solutions to implicit bias.

Hopefully, with that being said, I will be more productive this week. I have faith in myself, and all I need to do is channel my dedication to this project.

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1 thought on “Motivation

  1. margaretjhaviland

    Alyssa, sometimes you just have to acknowledge what happened and move on. Has it helped? Have you rediscovered your “stride” and been able to accomplish work and stay on track with your schedule? How is the discussion on policing and implicit bias continuing and evolving? What evidence do you have that people are paying attention and pushing/working for change?


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