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 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 take over the Plymouth State University Global Engagement Office’s Instagram. With this project I will be able to do marketing for study abroad which is exactly what I am interested in. I will be able to use the knowledge from my Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology and Spanish classes and combine it with the marketing components of an Instagram takeover.

With this, 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 hope to collect information that will be simple enough to be appealing to Plymouth State students, but also having enough depth to be able to understand how powerful the experience can be.

In order to stay on track for this project I have decided to make a timeline for the process.

  • March 19th: This week I will get the login information for me to take over the Instagram account. I will also plan out the emails that I will be sending to students, as well as make a list of the students that I will be reaching out to.
  • April 2nd: this week I will make my first post, and if I get enough responses I will post twice per week to try and promote studying abroad as much as possible.
  • April 23rd: This week I will continue to post on the instagram account, as well as advise students as they start to considering study abroad as an option for them.
  • May 7th: I have a goal of posting twenty times of twenty different study away experiences.

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 look into “Why do Americans view food differently than people from other countries?”  While I was studying in Costa Rica, it really intrigued me how eating was different than it was back home in the US. 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.

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  1. Wow, Lyndsey, creating awareness through Instagram for study abroad opportunities seems like a great way to bring all your disciplines together while helping students who are considering studying abroad and also giving students who’ve had the experience a platform to share those enriching experiences. I am intrigued by your research article topic surrounding food culture and can’t wait to learn more about your insights regarding the pros and cons of study abroad and how different cultures approach eating/food and why that may be so. I’m assuming you will be interviewing/talking with people here in the States and in Costa Rica for your comparative analysis to dig into this question more deeply. Will you create a survey to do this, and if so, how so? Great post!

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