Pinar started her time at W&J as an English major and was still studying in this program when she planned her Magellan. The flexibility to change paths at W&J is something Pinar appreciates, and she found that studying across disciplines is a valuable part of her College experience.
“While I am no longer an English major…this project enhanced my understanding of the classes I had taken during the school year and prepared me for future research projects where I will be traveling outside of the country.
I observed what was apparent and drew possible conclusions that made the most sense with the data I obtained. Unlike my science courses, this data is much less quantitative and more qualitative. Though, funnily enough, science is essentially the same process, just with more tests to support a hypothesis.
W&J really helped me prepare for a project of this magnitude by providing resources, including help from other students and professors. [Professor of English] Dr. [Linda] Troost was very helpful when I came up with my idea and helped me make sure my proposal was researchable but still interesting,” Pinar said.