Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-RJ '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.

RJ ‘20
How the concept of the American Dream has changed and possibly died out in Gen Z kids in New Mexico.

About RJ’s Thesis:
RJ’s thesis analyzes a book by Jean Twenge, iGen, which covers how Gen Z is so different from others due to the presence of technology. In his thesis, he addressed how kids of Gen Z actually think, as opposed to the viewpoint of an adult. He will survey people from different socioeconomic levels in an effort to collect a wide range of responses.

This topic is important to RJ because it addresses his generation. Additionally, it addresses how his generation thinks. RJ also wants to explore this topic because of his interest in psychology. 

Researcher Bio:
RJ has played soccer, basketball, and track over the last four years. He plans on studying business and psychology at San Diego State University in the fall.