This capstone has been challenging to say the least.
The class is designed in a way where you can pick the research project that appeals most to you. I've always had an extreme intrest in climate change and its impacts on local communities, so naturally I chose to study how to build coastal resilence in small communities with a special focus on building resilence via natural capital. For those of you who may not know what natural capital is, it's anything related to preserving wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, dunes, etc. The research was geared toward small east coast municipalities to inform southern Maine communities on what "everybody else is doing" so they can begin building coastal resilience.
I was lucky to be grouped up with some solid folks and assigned the legendary climate doctor, Cameron Wake. I had previously taken a class with him so I was super excited to work with him again. My group was quick to realize that we really had no idea what the end goal of the project was. We were confused on what exactly our research question was and it was about a month in when we finally understood the purpose of it all. I would be lying if I said the process wasn't frustrating and that I wanted to give up. It felt like I was the only one who didn't know what to do. I didn't have a scientific background and I didnt know how to write an academic research paper. However, neither did most of my peers.
Long story short, my group figured it out and now we're thriving. Despite having to do all of our research from home and online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's been oddly relaxing but also sad to not see my peers.
We will get through this. Everyone has been amazing and supportive of each other and overall just really positive about the whole thing. Bless y'all.