Emerging Scholars Fellowship: A (Heroic) Journey of Struggle, Strength and Human Flourishing (Pt. I)

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Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

Hey everyone, I hope all is well. It’s been a while and a lot has happened since my last post. Currently, I am wrapping up this project!

Yeah, I know. It’s exciting but also very overwhelming. Next week, I submit this project, which is also m undergraduate honors thesis for the Education department and the week following, I defend my thesis. Thus, in the midst of all this craziness, this post will be split up into several parts, all of which will be looking at the findings, importance, implications, and conclusions of this research.

In reflecting back on the entire journey and also, in thinking about how to present this research, I am reminded of this question: What is the goal of this research? It was and still is, in essence, to highlight a different story of mental health.

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: The Journey Thus Far

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Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

Today, I am going to show you a sneak peak of my journey up to this point. And let me just say that it has been filled with many highs and lows. (Note: This piece is more personal than academic.)

The following is a compilation of my emotional states and reactions since the start of research process.

  1. Getting into the Education Honors Program (& realizing that a thesis will be written!!). #WHAT

  1. Summer (trying to focus on developing a research project while doing a summer internship and getting nowhere with it). #ShakingMyHead

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Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Alfred Delena’s Mentor

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Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

Hello… It’s me.

In honor of Leap Day…

I wanted to LEAP forward and tell you about two members of an incredible team of mentors and advisors that I am so grateful to be working with.

It is a true honor to have Corey Keyes as my national mentor. Dr. Keyes is a Professor of Sociology and holds the Winship Distinguished Research Professorship at Emory University. He is a pioneering researcher in the field of positive psychology or the scientific study of CKEYEShuman strength, potential, and flourishing. Stemming from the time of the ancient Greeks, Dr. Keyes’ research has focused on this concept of flourishing—the presence and symptomatology of psychological, social, and emotional well-being. Furthermore, his work highlights the “two continua model” of mental health and mental illness. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Alfred Delena

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Alfred is a researcher in the 2016 class of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship. Read blog updates from Alfred and his fellow scholars here.

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Keshshi! ​Ho’ Alfred Delena le’shina. Hom annodi: K’yak’yali:kwe deyan Dowa:kwe a:wan ch’ale. Hom a:łashshina: a:chi Vanessa dap Larry Delena le’shina. Ho’ Shiwi.

Translation: Hello! My name is Alfred Delena. My clans are Eagle and Child of the Corn. My parents are Vanessa and Larry Delena. I am Zuni. 

As a sign of respect in my culture, this is the proper way of introducing myself (formally) to you in my Native language, Zuni.

I am currently a 5th year undergraduate student, majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Education at Stanford University. This academic year, I have also been writing an honors thesis through the Graduate School of Education’s interdisciplinary program.

My thesis, which is also my project for the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, focuses on exploring the social, emotional, and mental well-being of university undergraduates. More specifically, my research seeks to understand what students of color at a highly selective university believe are the factors that affect their general sense of well-being.

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