I’ve been doing a lot of lecture summaries recently so for this blog post I’m going to switch it up. Last week I went to my final Model United Nations Conference at Johns Hopkins. I represented Austria in the World Health Organization. The first topic was Infectious Diseases which was interesting but I enjoyed debating about Mental Health much more. Last semester, I researched bipolar disorder and this was the first time I was able to apply my knowledge outside of the Westtown community. I was lucky in my country assignment because Austria is pretty advanced when it comes to mental healthcare so I was able to talk about how I truly felt about the importance of mental healthcare without breaking character.
I feel like I’m at the last 100 meters of my 800 meter race. I have finished most of the run but these last 100 meters are pivotal to my success. I have finished all of my research and collected all of the surveys, but Brandon and I are still working to analyze all of the results. This is the most important push of our project because we plan to center the rest of our project on the surveys that we handed out and then include the results in our presentation. So Brandon and I want to find patterns within the survey and share that at the upper school independent research assembly. My hope is to find common misperceptions or understandings of bipolar disorder within the surveys and share those facts in the assembly. With all of the knowledge I had gained this semester through my research, and now that I know where our community lacks knowledge of mental disorders, I believe Brandon and I have a responsibility to inform the community of bipolar disorder.
Regarding the survey, we met with T. Deb to see if she had any suggestions on ways to sort through the surveys, who then directed us to T. Alicia. Not satisfied with the suggestions from T. Alicia because of the complexity of the site she offered, we went to the library, and then Kiara. We liked T. Kiara’s advice the best: we skimmed over all of the surveys and took note of any patterns. Then Brandon and I talked about the results and inferred why some people answered certain answers the way they did. For example, I found that the people who noted that they have a mental disorder, or have a family member with a mental disorder, responded more in depth to the question of what they think America’s research of mental disorder is, and whether or not it should be a priority. The longer answers came from the respondents who were personally connected to the topic, and therefore have a stronger opinion, than someone who is not connected to mental illnesses. We just met with Kiara with all of the surveys. She helped us plan our presentation and gave us advice on how to present our results, for example make a word chart of the most commonly used words in the survey, for the question asking terms one associates with mental illness. We have also been working on finishing the annotated bibliography. Brandon and I have made a lot of progress but still have this last sprint until the end of semester!
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After hearing Westtown Students present their independent projects I became very in interested in pursing that path. When class selection for senior year rolled around I realized that I had a free band and decided that doing an Independent Course would be prefect. The mind has always been something that has fascinated me so psychology was a natural fit. Another student in my advisee group, Lily, was thinking about psychology as well so we decided to work together. Continue reading