About Emily Shepherdson (she/they)
Hi! I'm originally from Hull, East Yorkshire but I'm currently a second year undergraduate student studying for a BA in Linguistics and ab initio Italian at the University of York. Alongside my studies, I am also the current blog coordinator for the University Feminist Society. Being a Laidlaw Scholar allows me to research the success of speech and language therapies in my project entitled 'Hidden behind a smile: acquisition and societal perception of speech sounds in children with cleft lip and palate.'!
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Love this! My biggest problem in research was that I was expecting to find something ground breaking as though anything less than a post-PhD standard of research wasn't good enough. But you're right, we really need to enjoy the little and even tedious parts of research! It's so important to remember that the things we're finding out are really interesting but these are just out initial research projects, first probably in a line of many!
Hey Emily! First off, I love the creativity in sharing your research progress through TikTok! I guess something this summer you've been working on besides research is engaging more on the creator side of TikTok and video-editing (an added bonus skill)!
Thank you for sharing about the importance of taking a mental health day. I too was feeling a bit tired last week and decided to take a break from research for a few days. It's really important for all of us to take some time off to enjoy a day or two a week doing something besides school or work just to get our mind off things and to refresh. Especially since many of us are doing research online, things get tiring much more quickly. I personally take 1 day a week off from everything to spend time with my family and to catch up on small chores - do what you need to do to stay mentally healthy!
Hi Fatima! Sorry, I've only just seen this now! Thank you so much for your kind words about my TikTok idea for presenting my research summer, it's so nice to do something creative alongside something academic so I'm so happy it's well received!
And you're completely right, it's so important to remember to live a life outside of research and focus on our mental wellbeing as well as our academic careers! That one day off sounds like an amazing idea!! :)
Thank you for mentioning the importance of taking care of mental health during the research period. Doing all the research at home makes it so much harder to feel supported and positive but this has reassured me a lot that it's okay to take it easy sometimes. I love that you've made a video to reflect aswell :))
I'm so glad it helps to see people talking about how mental health can be affected!! It's so nice to have a bit of a community, especially knowing how isolated it can feel doing it all alone in our rooms! I'm glad you like the videos as well though, thank you!! :)
This is so great Emily, I'm loving the format!
As someone who had to do this kind of study last year I'll let you know now that running any audio through Qualtrics in the Safari browser can cause a world of pain. Before releasing your survey be sure to add something to change their browser if they're on Safari! It will save you a world of hurt later on :)
I'm glad you like it! Thank you so much for the tip as well! I'll be sure to do that! :)