When Sparks Fly
When all the speakers talked about their own experiences in life, when they showed the audience their research results, when they spread their ideas into different areas while being open to any thoughts, I saw sparks fly in their eyes, and likewise, it caused sparks in my heart. When the inspiration triggers every nerve of your brain, then you will be able to become better and better.
As a second year Master student in Finance, all my study is coursework and I basically have no idea about research. I volunteered at the Students Research Conference 2018 during the orientation week and luckily got the chance to attend the meetings, which gave me a broader perspective about what’s going on in other areas beyond my business courses. It also inspired me to aim to achieve higher, not only in academia but also in life. ‘Turn your curiosity into research.’ That’s what they always said. I got to know how psychology analyses the specific social phenomenon using the structural models, how Art students get inspiration from a simple part of their life and how they visualize their crazy ideas. That’s how I got electrified by all the diverse research areas.
I remember one day I had a conversation with a good friend, where we talked about being at this age, in our 20s, when you just feel confused and overwhelmed. Most of us have no idea what we are doing with our life and what we really want. Then I said, “Hey man, at least you know what you don’t want.” We laughed.
We struggle, we are stuck somewhere and have no idea how to handle it, we feel like we are almost done but something just went wrong and we have to start it all over again, it’s not only happened in research but also in each of our lives. I believe every moment gives us a lot more than to just keep it going.
For me, to put it simply, life is not only about how much you learn, but more importantly, it’s about the awareness and feelings of life and nature, of friends and families, of everyone you’ve met, and to keep yourself electrified.