Mary Frances Roth
Thesis: What Does it Mean to Do Fulfilling Work?
Majors: Classics, Humanities
Postgraduate Plans: I’m currently looking into a broad range of careers from teaching, to the corporate world, to law, with the possibility of further pursuing Classics.
Briefly explain your topic and what you were looking to find.
My thesis seeks to explore how, as a society, our definition of 'work' has evolved and how our concept of being human has been negatively impacted due to these changes. My goal is to begin to answer the question, "How can we fix this?" First I will attempt to establish what it means to live a fulfilling human life by contemplating the implications of boundless technological innovation and the idea that "living for the weekend" is something we should accept.
What motivated you to conduct this research?
After my third semester of Interdsic, I found myself fascinated by the way work and technology can dehumanize us and prevent us from being engaged in the world around us and in our own lives. One thing I have always struggled with, however, is how to make the solution to this problem realistic and implementable; writing this thesis has allowed me to wrestle with these ideas.
What is the most interesting thing you learned while conducting your research?
One of the most interesting things I have observed is the idea that enjoying your work for its inherent qualities is, often times, very much dependent on what people choose to study. I have found that an appreciation for disciplines within the humanities correlates to a greater appreciation for engaging in meaningful work.
How do you plan on using the information that your thesis uncovered? What kind of attention do you hope your research triggers?
I would love if my research encouraged people to be more preemptively contemplative regarding the implications of technology rather than merely examining the issue retrospectively. I hope they can see the importance of deriving some sense of fulfillment from work rather than seeing it as simply a means to amass wealth or power.