When writing any kind of project, report or essay, you’re always going to come across difficulties (and if you say you don’t, you’re lying to yourself). Keeping that in mind, I’d like to start this reflection off by saying that I am fully aware that my difficulties with this research project were mostly self inflicted. Personally, I believe two major factors contributed to my difficulties; I underestimated how difficult it would be to source primary (and secondary for that matter) data as well as the amount of time and effort that would need to be put in to completing this project.
Choosing such a specific topic as the role of Student Leaders in campus accommodation when we already had a limited number of people from whom we could source primary data was in no way a smart move. This choice made it incredibly difficult to get primary data, as I believe a lot of people saw the topic of my survey and research and were either confused by it or assumed it didn’t relate to them, so bypassed my survey. This meant that my primary research data was already very small, and with there not being a lot of primary research completed on my topic, a lot of what I was able to use for my opinion piece came from the personal experiences that I was previously aware of myself and my friends. If I was to do this project again I would NOT choose a topic remotely related to accommodation and instead choose something that most students have an opinion on, such as student wellbeing or services.
The second major factor in my difficulty completing this project was my personal motivation and time management. I am shocking at time management, and every time I approach a task such as this I tell myself I’m going to work on it over time and NOT leave it all to the last minute and every time I do the exact opposite of that. You would think after a year and a half of university I would have learnt my lesson but apparently not. Another factor in this was (ironically enough) my role as a Student Leader. This is the first semester I have been a Student Leader and while it has been incredibly rewarding, it has also been incredibly time consuming and exhausting and has definitely taken time away from university and assessments.
While I believe it is important to acknowledge difficulties and failures, I don’t believe there is any point dwelling on them and I will endeavour to take what I have learnt about research and myself as a researcher with me into the future as both a uni student and in the real world.