I’m beginning to see how much time I’m going to need to put into developing my research topic. I thought I had a pretty good topic as it is, but now I’m realizing that it needs to be more specific and detailed. I can’t just say “Oh I’m going to go ask Tibetans if they eat more vegetables now that they live in India.” I need to have a specific population within the Tibetan population that I’m studying. I also need to develop how I’m going to study them, such as specific questions I’m going to ask.
My research proposal itself is going to take quite a bit of work. I didn’t realize how detailed that had to be as well. I’m going to be spending a lot of time researching more articles and creating time lines. I also need to make sure that my study is ethical because I’m going to be interacting with a lot of people.
The thing I’m most interested in/worried about is the relevancy/importance of my topic. When I searched for articles on my topic I was unable to find very many. I only found a handful. I was able to find a lot of articles on refugees in general and how their diets have changed according to where ever they are now living. And how these changes have changed their health (incidence of heart disease, for instance). Perhaps I can do a study similar to these, just with the Tibetan refugees.
I have a lot of brainstorming to do in order to get this study ready.