Research Writer Interview With Tracy
Performing My Own Medical Research
Hello Tracy! How would you summarize yourself in 25 words or less?
Profoundly curious, passionate about knowledge and learning, and endlessly fascinated by people – how they think, what they feel, and what inspires them.
What is your academic background and experience?
Well, I am very much a work in progress. Formally speaking, I have a Bachelor's degree in Government with a political science concentration. I have also taken courses in creating web pages, medical terminology, and have earned 24 credit hours in paralegal studies. I have also been able to share what I have learned about writing and researching term papers with high school students when I worked as an instructional assistant several years' ago at my old high school. It was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life, being able to apply my academic background and the various techniques I learned along the way to assist students in achieving their higher education academic goals.
What are some of your interests?
My interests are as wide-ranging as my employment background. I love to write (obviously) and I absolutely love conducting research, which I suppose officially qualifies me as a nerd, a title I wear proudly. I am interested in American politics and history – I live about 35 miles away from Gettysburg and am an avid participant in the monument preservation movement – and also enjoy art history, films (classic and foreign), music (practically any genre except rap and hip-hop), international cuisine, and organic gardening.
In your opinion, what makes you an excellent research writer?
I consider myself a student of life. Whenever I discover something of great interest, I share it with my friends through lengthy emails in hopes of similarly exciting them to know more. In recent years, I have had to apply my professional research skills to my personal life when both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer within months of each other. I researched treatment options – both conventional and holistic – various dietary approaches, and coping mechanisms. I compiled this research into an easy-to-read informational guide to which my parents could refer to manage their illnesses more effectively. When they passed away within a month of each other, I researched the stages of grief and how to handle them in a healthy and proactive manner. After my recent diagnosis of progressive diabetes mellitus, I performed my own medical research, learned as much as possible about my condition, and have been keeping a journal of my experiences. As a result, I have successfully managed my condition and able to educate others who are confronting a similar medical crisis. After all, knowledge is power. The more we know and can communicate what we know with others, the the better we can care for each other and our planet.
Professionally speaking, I am not easily deterred by challenging subject matter. What some might describe as stubborn or obstinate I prefer to perceive as persistent or tenacious. I will leave no stone unturned, no resource untapped, and no avenue unexplored to provide my clients with the most current research available. Bur research in and of itself is frequently interpreted as dry and boring. Presenting research creatively engages readers and entices them to learn more about the subject matter. The best research writer encourages readers to want to conduct their own research.
Do you have any closing thoughts?
There is a famous quote by George Bernard Shaw that most adequately sums up my approach to life: "Some people see things and say, Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'"
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