Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-José '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.

José ‘20 
Can hiking lower stress and increase spirituality for Bosque high schoolers?

About José’s Thesis:
José believes that getting outside of the modern day stressful school week and hiking in nature can be a tool to increase spirituality and decrease stress. He argues that it is important for individuals to see these benefits while they are still developing, which is why he is focusing on high schoolers at Bosque. He will be taking students out on a hike in nature in his fieldwork and surveying them on their moods with a focus on stress/spirituality in school versus on a hike in nature.

José chose this topic because he thinks nature can be a major healing aspect for humanity. “It calms your mood and puts the beauty of the natural world in front of you,” says José. “This can have effects on the consciousness of humanity and the way we understand the global climate crisis today.”

Researcher Bio:
José has been involved in cross country for all of high school. His connection to nature grew while running through the bosque during cross country practice. José previously ran track, as well. He is currently a member of the chess club, Womxns Advocacy Coalition, the Distinguished Artists Guild, and a player on the JV basketball team. José plans on studying wildlife biology in college.