San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia
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Rebecca Barnes

Liberal Arts Major(s): Linguistics
Hometown: Bear Creek, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was the opportunity to gain experience conducting field research in linguistics. Designing my experiment and working with the inhabitants of San Basilio de Palenque to collect data both challenged and enriched my thesis research, and I learned valuable things about experiment design, troubleshooting, and data interpretation during my time there that I will use as I continue on to my graduate studies.

This experience taught me fundamental aspects of linguistics research.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I was able to work with computer programs that I had not had previous experience with. These include experimental design programs as well as data interpretation programs, both of which I will need in my doctoral studies. This experience taught me fundamental aspects of linguistics research.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Much like the academic impact, I will be using a lot of the techniques and lessons that I learned in Palenque as I move forward in my studies. More specifically, I am very encouraged and interested in pursuing research in this field at the doctoral level next year.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program made this experience possible and encouraged me to document my time in Palenque more thoroughly, which turned out to be useful when I wanted to relive my memories after my departure.

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