Defining how much I have learned in LRNT502 is almost impossible. I was truly clueless about research before beginning this course. Looking back at my original assignment, done before I had a clue what I was doing, I can only laugh at my attempts to appear to know what I was talking about. Now, I legitimately feel like I am beginning to know what I am talking about. I wonder how I would depict my thoughts now?
The residency portion of this course allowed me to meet and work with so many people that I didn't know, but now greatly admire. This includes my fellow students, Elizabeth, and all of the scholars who so generously took the time to share their thoughts and experiences with our group. From the World Café, to the research panel, to the visits in Victoria, and so many more, every experience offered in LRNT502 felt valuable to me in some way.
Names of researchers are now circulating in my brain, and I am even embracing the readings in a way that I could not at the beginning. It is amazing to see my vocabulary changing and becoming more sophisticated as I read many great (and not so great) articles. My sister assured me at the beginning (as I was lamenting my ignorance) that it would all start to make sense over time. She was right. My new mantra is: trust in the process.