Another Kind Of Service: Research Study Participation

Another Kind Of Service: Research Study Participation

The compensation is just a bonus, I swear.


Attending a large research university like Emory, there are plenty of opportunities to partake in research. Most often, first-year undergraduates enter the institution eager to join a lab and partake in research. Wise upperclassmen know that is easier said than done. Once upon a time, I was an eager first year at Emory searching for the same opportunities. Along the way, I discovered that dedicating myself to a lab was not the only way to express my love for science or contribute to research. Volunteering my time as a participant in various studies around campus was a great way to feel involved and learn more about my own interests.

Labs and research groups advertise for volunteers all around campus. I was interested in the idea of contributing to a study that had the potential to help millions of other people in the future. Sometimes, service is not volunteering at the hospital or pulling out weeds at a community garden. Anytime you take time out of your day for a cause greater than yourself, it is a service to others.

Participating in research studies also helped me find what I was interested in studying. I found myself leaning towards many psychology and sociology based labs because I was intrigued by the research they were conducting. I learned about different conditions for which I was unaware of the symptoms and how they affect a person's life. Additionally, reading through the consent forms made me appreciate the thought and time it takes to set up an experimental design and have a project approved. All these research studies made me realize that doing research can be exciting, but the intensive background work was not the lifestyle or career I wanted for myself in the future. I was able to discover this earlier rather than later because of my participation in research studies.

Moreover, research studies provide a plethora of incentives to entice people to volunteer. A gift card or cash for a short thirty-minute survey or test seems like an excellent deal. Studies that have longer time frames for participation have higher amounts of cash. Sometimes, these studies can simply be done through your phone for a period of two weeks to months. We are all on our phones the majority of the time anyway, except this way you make money by answering a few questions. I have received plenty of money or gift cards that helped me buy books or food. Compensation is not only in the form of money either. Biological studies may require blood tests or vital signs. These studies are essentially a free check-up.

Depending on your medical conditions, physical traits, time constraints, and preferences, there will be a research study looking for volunteers of your demographic. Research and science are not only for STEM majors or professors. Being a volunteer in a research study allows you to be a part of the scientific process, not just the person reading the results in a newspaper article later.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Growing Up Is Realizing You Have More In Common With 'The Bad Guy'

The positive and negative aspects of self-discovery and self-acceptance.


The words self-acceptance and self-discovery are largely associated with the idea that you have to go on a journey of some kind; a backpacking trip through Europe or a camping trip with many nature hikes are some of the most cliché versions of this. Something that involves leaving your life and the people you know behind and going somewhere alone, for a couple of introspective weeks or months, and then coming back with full knowledge of who you are.

Although I think the journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance is a solitary one, I don't think you have to go somewhere to learn more about yourself, or even not be near people you know. Rather, I think other people are essential in this journey. Be it people who you feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable things, or people who challenge you in any way.

The most solitary component of this journey I would say is when you get to know the "bad" parts of yourself. I put the word bad in quotation marks because I think the definition of this is slightly different for everyone, and in the context of this post, I think your own personal definition should apply for my use of the word. Realizing you are capable of doing things you consider "bad", or that some of your morals don't stand as strong as you would like to believe, and most importantly, as you would like others to believe, is something hard to come to terms with. Life puts you in contact with situations and people who will challenge your morals and most strong standing ideas, and this is what I interpret to be the journey of self-discovery. It is not hiking through a forest or visiting the Eiffel tower alone, it is moral dilemmas and complicated discussions in your day-to-day life.

Going somewhere where you don't know anyone can be a way to speed this journey through. I have written previously about how growing up with the same people inhibits you from trying new things and exploring parts of your personality that developed later in life because you are confined, at least to some extent, to what the people around you think of you.

I would say that self-acceptance is the second part of the journey of self-discovery. It is one thing to realize things about yourself when you are lying in bed alone at night, in that space between waking and sleeping, between consciousness and unconsciousness, where thoughts seem to run beyond our control. But to accept these things in broad daylight is a completely different matter. To talk to someone else about them, another completely different level.

Self-acceptance can be a slippery slope though. Accepting things about yourself and attributing them to your personality can be a way to excuse your bad behavior. To think, "I am a bad person, its just who I am" and then proceeding to do a bad thing isn't self-acceptance, in my view at least. But realizing that you don't really have a problem with lying, and do this more often than you would like to admit is self-acceptance. You don't have to necessarily stop lying because of this realization, so long as you don't use it as an excuse to lie without guilt. Realizing a problem is perceived by many as the first step to solving it though, so this might be a good opportunity to stop lying.

But what do I, a twenty-year-old sophomore in college, know of self-discovery and self-acceptance? This article is a concise and as impersonal as possible reflection on my journey so far, and I imagine it is still in the beginning. It doesn't take a couple of weeks or months of introspection to get to know yourself, but rather, I think it takes a lifetime and still some.

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