My Summer of Research in Santiago, Chile: Final Thoughts

Author: Maddie Hahn

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I feel that this first experience – putting together a research proposal, applying for a grant & conducting my research – was full of challenges; but they were challenges from which I learned much. I learned that in conducting research, not everything will go as planned. Protests, fires and school shut downs were large obstacles in the successful execution of my research. While discouraging at times, these surprises also kept the experience exciting, and they challenged me to not only be flexible but to also be creative and resilient so that I could make the best use of my time to collect whatever information I could.

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My Summer of Research in Santiago, Chile: Week 5: Research How To’s

Author: Maddie Hahn

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Research in itself is a great learning opportunity – it allows you to investigate an interesting topic and uncover new information that contributes to the discussion surrounding the issue. On top of that, it demonstrates initiative and discipline, which are life skills that will serve you for your university years and beyond. However, if you are anything like I was fresh out of high school, I didn’t really know much about research or the process of conducting independent projects. I saw a lot of research going on around me and knew I wanted to get involved, but I was unsure of how to get started.

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My Summer of Research in Santiago, Chile: Week 4: Spotlight Special

Author: Maddie Hahn

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For this week’s blog, however, I want to shed a spotlight on my good friend, Lauren, who is also currently in Santiago this summer to conduct a research project. Lauren is a senior Spanish major with minors in International Development and Poverty Studies, and she also studied abroad with me in Chile during the Fall 2014 semester.

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My Summer of Research in Santiago, Chile: Week 3: Protests in the City Center

Author: Maddie Hahn

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Almost exactly one year ago to the day, I was boarding a plane from Chicago to begin my six months of study abroad in Santiago, Chile. I remember feeling anxious in the airport, as I had no idea what to expect – what would Chile look like? How would my Spanish skills hold up? What would my host family be like? As I sat at the gate amongst my peers awaiting our plane, a million questions and concerns swirled in my head along with excitement for the unknown adventure that lay ahead...

 

 

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My Summer of Research in Santiago, Chile: Week 1: Global Perspectives

Author: Maddie Hahn

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United Buddy Bears is an art exhibition made up of over 140 two-meter tall bear statues, each representing countries recognized by the United Nations. Each bear is hand-painted by different artists on behalf of their native countries, and the bear statues stand side by side, holding hands, representing a future vision of a peaceful world with countries united in peace and harmony. Wandering amongst the decorated bears spurred thoughts on my own global experiences and the international exposure I have gained both inside and outside the classroom at Notre Dame.

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My Summer of Research in Santiago, Chile: The Beginning

Author: Maddie Hahn

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Here I am. Sitting at the kitchen counter of my one bedroom apartment in the heart of Santiago, Chile. As I look around at my mini coffee table and glance out the windows facing the crowded streets, the reality of the situation just begins to hit me. How did I get here? I guess I should back up a little bit....

                                                   

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