This summer I spent 8 weeks at the University of Chicago with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. The goal of the program is for students to create a viable research question and present a proposal by the end of the summer. In addition to the independent research, we took two classes at the University, an Engaged Scholarship course and a Writing for Research course. Mellon Mays is a national fellowship and there were students from twenty different schools as well as students from other national programs all staying on campus.
The good thing about embarking on independent research is the ability to create your own schedule which left a lot of time to explore Chicago. Chicago is a great city with a lot to do and see. There was the Taste of Chicago in Millennium Park, Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, Ghana Festival, and many more events over the summer that we got the chance to experience.
I'm going to remember everything from this summer but I think the things that are going to stand out are the people that I met and the relationships that we built. It was cool to be in an environment and share space with other people who have similar academic interests.
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