After much consideration for what I am going to do my applied project and research project on, I have come to a consensus. I have decided to combine the Marketing, Anthropology, Sociology and Spanish into my applied project and into my research article. Here is the outline and my vision for both my project and my research.
For my applied project, I have decided to do an Instagram campaign and I will call it #PSUHumansOfEarth. Within this campaign, I will post once per day for the entire month of April from my personal Instagram account. Each post will include a different person’s cultural exchange experience that had a profound impact on their life. I will be reaching out to students who are currently studying abroad and students who have already come back from studying abroad. I will be asking them to provide pictures, and a statement about their experience, whether it be able what they would tell other students, or what their favorite part is.
I have chosen to do this project because of how popular social media is in 2018. I see this project as a great opportunity to inspire others to travel, and to get to know people that are from all different parts of the world, or even country.
Plymouth State University is not the most diverse place, however the United States overall is tremendously diverse. With that being said, it is critical that Americans understand diversity, and I am choosing this project with the hopes that the marketing of people with incredible stories will have people become more interested in the world that we live in, and to make people to become more compassionate beings.
This project truly capsules the major that I have created for myself, as well as the field that I hope to work in upon graduation. This will allow me to utilize the marketing techniques that I have learned into a project that will inspire others to go out and learn about other cultures. Also, as I work my way toward the study abroad field, this is the exact type of work that I hope to be doing.
March 15th-I will have created a list of questions that I will be asking people to answer. I will have an email ready to send to people that are willing to be a part of my project.
March 20th- I will reach out to people that I personally know that have traveled to see if they are interested in me posting about them.
March 25th- I will send out all of the emails with the questions, asking to have them in within the next week.
March 30th- Edit the responses and format them so that they are ready to be posted on Instagram.
April- Start the month off with an introduction post, and post once per day with inspiring stories.
May 12th- Publish the completed project to my eport.
I am excited to reach out and learned about many different study away experiences that students have had, and to use different social media strategies. I look forward to seeing what I can learn from my different passions.
As for my research article, I have decided to compare the American diet to the Costa Rican diet. While I was studying in Costa Rica, it really intrigued me how eating was different than it was back home in the United States. So I am curious to find cultural differences between the two countries.
In order to stay on track for this project I have created a timeline for myself to follow:
- March 19th: This week I will find all of my sources from online as well as books from the library documentaries, interviews, ect.
- March 26th: At this time I will start writing the first draft of my essay
- April 20th: By this time I will have my entire first draft completed
- April 23rd: I will go to the Writing Center and have them review what I have completed.
- April 27th: I will add in final details, such as pictures, videos and make final touches.
- May 4th: Visit the Writing Center one last time.
- May 12th: Deadline. Have everything completed.
With both my research article and applied project planned out, I now have a clear plan of what I am going to do and how I will follow through with that plan to be successful. It is exciting seeing the different components of my interdisciplinary education, as well as all of my passions, come together into one capstone. I look forward to seeing what the final product turns out to be.