There are two aspects of research that I value the most. The first is writing,
which I once considered an unnecessary chore. However having written several grant requests, and a thesis required for the completion
of the Information and Computer Science Honors program, my writing has improved considerably. This is an invaluable skill, especially
now as I am writing applications for scholarships and graduate schools. Second, I value the opportunities to attend and present at
two undergraduate research conferences, and also at a technical conference recently held in San Francisco. Speaking in front of a
large group of people had always been a source of fear for me, as I am sure it is for many people. However, "practice makes perfect"
as the saying goes, and now I am confident in my ability to discuss with authority subjects that I am well versed in.