Jaya-Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Hi, this is Jaya, and here is my third blog post. 


This past week, I progressed in not only my research but also in my soft skills. I learned how to make a project plan in order to organize my work. I also conducted a field research study in order to validate the problem statement. The study forced me to step out of my comfort zone and talk to people I didn’t know, which helped me to improve my interpersonal skills. 


During the week, I realized that there was a lot of work to be done in various aspects of my project, and it would be hard later on if the work wasn’t organized appropriately. In order to prevent future backlog, I learned how to create a project plan which details the tasks I need to complete within a planned time frame. Even now, the project plan is helping me stay on task, and I have no doubt it will continue to help me in the future.


I learned from my mentor, Dr. Demirgoz, the process to validate and refine the initial problem statements by talking to real-world consumers. The more an innovative product solves a real world problem, the better its chances of widespread adoption. To find out the public opinion on the problem I was researching, I headed to my local library and asked the patrons some questions about the problem and what they thought about it. As an introvert, this really made me step out of my comfort zone and was surprisingly fun.


My mentor, Dr. Demirgoz, has been very helpful in guiding me through this project. I appreciate all the help she has given me.


I feel accomplished how I am growing not only intellectually but also as a person. This week, I learned that in order to make progress, you need to step out of your comfort zone.


Thanks for reading my post!

Signing off,