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  • Writer's pictureMaria Vandenburg

Maria Vandenburg = Research Storyteller

I may or may not have taken that from Dr. Brene Brown (the whole research storyteller thing).

I literally have spent the last month immersed in research.

Part of it is self-reflection on myself and who I want to be as a leader/how I am going to get myself there, and the second part is research proposal on employee engagement, perceptions of equity and the gender pay gap (that I have had a total of 5 days to write, just slightly nerve wracking).

Research is hard work! I have a lot of respect for those who have made it their profession. It takes a lot of time to really dive in and make sense of things!

Items I have Learned today:

Brollie: Umbrella

Dish: Really hot - a catch "he's a dish..."

Snow storms have very creative names - like "Beast from the East." AND people aren't scared to commute in them (ahem Seattilites). Everyone shows up for work... there are literally no excuses, unless of course your train isn't running. I think that might have to do with the fact that public transport over here is a million times better than back at home.

So I am wrapping up the writing of my first research proposal (the one on engagement/gender pay gap). I literally spent the whole weekend writing it. I haven't left the house in two days. I'm not kidding.

It's not completely finished yet, but the end is near.

It's still a bit nerve wracking though because the grading system is also completely different from home.

Getting between 80-100 is completely unheard of. That is only if your paper is to a standard that it could be considered for publication in an academic research jourmal.

70 is distinction - what we would consider an "A" back at home

60 is merit - the equivelent of a "B"

50 is pass.

I'm not quite used to it yet and I'm still working on really understanding what's being expected of me.

But, I know I will get there in the end. One writing assignment at time, that will eventually, ultimately, hopefully lead to the completion of my first publishable book.


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