The Waldorf University Honors College is pleased to present Spring 2020 Student Inquirere, a collection of speeches from students in a variety of academic disciplines: Business, Psychology, Art and Creative Writing. These Senior Thesis and Honors Thesis students have been working on their research and creative projects for the past two semesters under the guidance of a professor in their academic field. This year for the first time, the speeches will be presented online rather than in front of a live audience.
My thesis is a creative writing fiction piece set in 17th century Scotland. A shepherd and a Highlander cross paths, and initial prejudices turn into a legacy.
The purpose of my research is to examine how background music impacts focus. This presentation is about my proposal to measure participants’ ability to answer basic math problems while hearing classical music, free jazz music or no music. I hypothesize that participants will answer the most amount of questions correctly when they hear classical music, and the least amount of questions correctly when they hear free jazz music.
My research is about what marketing tactics are effective for small businesses in the wedding industry in Rochester, Minn. Most small business owners manage more than one function of their business, including the marketing efforts, understanding how to effectively reach target audiences is essential to staying in business.
My honors thesis is about autism spectrum disorder. My research was specifically focused on the history, characteristics, levels of impairment, causes and therapies of the disorder. I really enjoyed my research project and I am glad that I now know more about autism.