As sages say, an apple doesn’t fall far away from the apple. I followed in the footsteps of my role model: my father. At first it didn’t make sense, seeing him ensconced in a swivel chair in his reception-cum-office, working on his computer from the crack of dawn to the lantern darkness. I reckon too young by then, it didn’t ring bells, anyway wasn’t I too young to understand?
Sometimes, when I saw him scribbling notes on a book that he kept in his desk, it was as if there were runic engravings to me. What could be so special about the words? It was a question that run on my mind on many a time (Melanie 2003).Even though it may sound comical, albeit unintentionally, I never thought that my father’s hard work supplemented our income and in any case, I felt that it was an excuse for laziness. “My son, nowadays we don’t work hard, we work smart.” One day my father answered my inquisitive eyes. An age-old adage soberly pipes that, “to understand a man, walk a thousand miles in his shoes.”
It wasn’t until many years later that, as if a curtain had been raised, it dawned on me. My father had been right. At the university after high school, I slotted into the footsteps of my dad, and for the first time, I understood the sheer pleasure that came with his job. On a class research, we were told to research about a specific topic on the internet. The topic was hard to the eye, could be said impossible, but after a witty clicks, and lo! An answer stood there and as a wordsmith had to weave the words together.
I couldn’t believe it when I was credited with a specific word, “a great article” by the lecturer. Already I had been kitted out by the word, and it was this career that I would purse. However, I had a long journey to go: I had been a stone hewed from a mountain and I had to be shaped to the desired figure and polished to a shine. In knew the person who qualified for that: my father. When I told him, he gave me a knowing smile and taught me the research basics. For the first time, I understood the pleasure of research and the exciting strain of looking over and over again for the information on complicated topics.
This term I might get involved in the various research projects so that I can grow my knowledge (Jennifer 1999).The researches that I have planned to be involved are not necessarily about internet researching but field researches because they will mould me to not only to become a witty researcher but also actualizing the writing researches that I undertake. I have also realized that another sure way of honing my research skills is by perusing the drafts of research reports submitted by people and academicians who have been in the business longer than me.
Jennifer, M.,1999, Relection in learning and professional development: theory and practice, Oxon: Routledge.
Melanie, J. ,2003, Beginning reflective practice. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes.