I totally identify myself as a researcher. Just the other day I was trying to determine what is the perfect career for me. I wrote down researcher as one of personality traits. I love finding out new information. I sometimes obtain information from other people but mostly I like to conduct my own research based on my life experiences. I am not one to fully take someone else’s word for what they say. I like to find out myself and in a way conduct my own experiments-self evaluations and exploring my thought processes. Even though I don’t like to look at what others say, I will focus on it if it relates to my own experiences and beliefs. My childhood dream job was to be a detective- on the hunt for hidden information and hidden answers. I like to find out things that people are hiding or at least know about them.
I don’t believe I can truly say that anyone taught me how to research. It just came to me by itself. Now that i think about it, maybe when my mom and grandpa were always trying to get me to look up meanings of words when I was a kid, this started this researching/researcher part of me.
I can’t even remember someone teaching me how to use Google I just started using it one day and was very aware of how much information one can find there.
In grad school I want to move my researching skills forward by learning and developing them more. In my creative pieces-using my own experiences to tell stories. The research skills that I think I still need to learn are accepting/acknowledging opposing arguments to my opinion. I need to work on becoming more open even though I don’t want to be.