Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Elijah '20

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Bosque seniors undertake a yearlong independent research project and deliver their findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in a public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 13 and 14, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into these student-researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Elijah '20
What are the mental and physical effects on kids starting sports too early?

About Elijah’s Thesis:
Elijah is looking into the benefit and the downside of starting sports at a young age. He wants to learn what the general consensus is of New Mexicans who have played sports at some point in time, and whether they view starting a sport at a young age in a positive or negative light. Elijah wants to research this topic because there seems to be a shift in the world about starting sports at younger ages, and trying to produce purebred athletes through intensive training and specialization. This is an important topic to Elijah because he grew up playing many sports and the issue of starting sports so young is not often discussed.

Researcher Bio:
Elijah has been involved in club basketball since he was in 3rd grade. He has traveled the country playing and competing against high-level players and teams. He has specialized in basketball, which has involved playing and training nonstop for years on end. Elijah has signed to play basketball at Western State Colorado University next fall.