Newsletter Written by Mac Students
Mount Vernon, Washington
After Mac: Traveling and learning Italian
What makes people happy? Why are some happier than others? Is there anything we can do to increase happiness? These are some of the questions I explored for my honors thesis. I examined the relationship between happiness and protein consumption, and found that, on average, people who consume a higher percentage of protein in their diet tend to be happier.
Conducting a research project has been a tremendous experience. During late nights in the Econometrics lab, we researchers would help each other through our data crises. I had incredible support from my professors, especially my advisor, and always had someone to talk to, someone who wanted to see me succeed. I have not only learned much about what can cause and/or affect happiness but also how to think critically about new material. There were always new inconsistencies within the data to investigate and constant challenges kept me on my toes, forcing me to reexamine my previous conclusions.
Happiness is extremely complex and difficult to measure, but at Macalester nothing is dismissed as impossible. Professors are always willing to work with you and encourage you to pursue what you’re passionate about. Writing a research paper is an intense experience, but when it’s something you’re interested in, it becomes enthralling.
Recent Honors Projects
- How Does Light Rail Transit Affect Urban Land Use?
- Computational Analysis of Nitrogen Radicals
- Myth, History, Identity Formation and the Many Faces of Alexander the Great
- Neutrophil Influx Mediates Thermal Pain Induced by Mast Cell Degranulation in Mice
- Grassroots Gypsies, Roma Representatives: Political Disjuncture and Ethnicity in Romania
- Building an Asia-Pacific Security Community: A Role for Australia?
- Language in the Name of National Security: The Transformation of Arabic Language Instruction in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education