Undergraduate Research Experience: International Student Perspectives at U of T
I think for the first two years, I was a little lost in terms of how to get involved in undergrad research and then I only started to take initiative in my third year when I chose to do my semester abroad and then someone had told me about the Latin American Studies undergrad research grant, like a summer grant, and they said, “you know,” “You’re in Latin America. If you want to do a project now’s the chance for you to you know to do it.” So I thought about it and that’s how I I proposed the project on Chinese Argentine youth and their language use and their language attitudes because I’m interested in the Asian Diaspora Latin America and anything to do with Linguistics. So I proposed to do that, to do that project and I got the grant. I think getting involved in research is really important as an undergrad, just to get a feel of what you like to do and what you don’t like to do, whether academia is for you and just to pursue something in more depth than you would in a classroom. For me that particular project was a passion project; I was just interested in this topic and I wanted to be in the field and talk to people, conduct interviews and then it’s another way of immersion for me while being on exchange, so it was a very valuable experience.