At the beginning of the semester, I struggled a little with specifying what my sustained investigation would be. I would either choose something too narrow or broad, giving me difficulty to generate ideas. However, I finally decided to focus on the broken and/or unjust aspects of our governing legal system. This is an important topic to me because I eventually hope to become a public defender. Even when I was young, I always was bothered by unfairness and now I would like to grant people second chances in life. This sustained investigation allowed me to explore the flawed aspects of the justice system. It was sometimes difficult and emotional to create pieces on such sensitive topics, especially ones that people do not often talk about. For example, the pieces depicting the naked form of a woman covered in words was a particularly difficult piece for me. Not only was it challenging technically to create the correct form, but also emotionally because I could relate to it a little more as a woman. I have never experienced such hardship or injustice, but I know that many women have. For this reason, this piece and many others made me feel like I was giving a voice to the voiceless. I was empowered by the realization that I could help combat this injustice in the future. This was a rewarding aspect of my S.I.
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