And That’s A Wrap

After many hours of blood, sweat, tears, and a little bit of melodrama, my paper is finally complete. My initial goal was 10 pages and I ended up with 59, so I feel accomplished as well as a little bamboozled as to how I got here. Once I started writing I found that there was […]

The First Draft (yikes!)

Participants' first times drinking.

Over the past week or two I’ve been trying to take the 30-40 hours of interviews I collected and boil them down into a couple key themes and a paper of reasonable length. I’m still wading through the transcripts and coding, but the deadline, only about a month away, is making me a nervous. I’ve decided […]

Lots of Verbs: Drinking, Interviewing, Transcribing, Coding

The past few weeks have gone by in a flurry of activity. I spent many days camped out in the Princeton Public Library interviewing participants, sometimes passing eight hours at a time interviewing in a single day. Other days were spent driving around the greater Princeton area to meet up with participants in coffee shops or cozy kitchens; still […]