Today is spent elbow deep in research. So here I am, coffee and scone in hand, writing, thinking and composing a paper for my Middle Eastern Politics class. I actually love research. The act of finding new information that fits into the puzzle of a thesis is like a nerd-i-fied treasure hunt.
The last time I had to do an abundance of research, it was for my Madison Avenue Architectural essay. I spent my day in the map room of the Library at Bryant Park. Peering over a huge oak table filled with pinkish colored maps of periodical years. I compared the avenue's buildings through years of changes and this helped shape my essay. I also spent a few hours in the architectural room. A two floor, all wood room filled with architects and history. No books are allowed out of this room. You look up the book you need and ask the librarian. I searched through books that led me to other books in order to get maybe a quarter of a page of notes. However it was totally worth it because these unique details are what make a paper so great.
My research today involves women in Afghanistan politics. With the recent resurgence of the Taliban, women's political roles are threatened. I hope to write a paper about the history of the rise of women to politics, key players in the politics today and then the future of women in politics.