My advice for future students in this class would be to start as early as possible on the project. It may take days or even weeks to get enough data once you start surveying people. If you start on this portion of the project early enough, you will probably have a large part of your project done by the time the preliminary results are due. Also, it is definitely a good idea to enter your data into Excel as you go. If you do a few at a time, it’s more manageable than trying to do it all at once. Finally, I would spend some time learning how to use Excel. You can save yourself a lot of time if you figure out how to do descriptive statistics, formulas, and other shortcuts in Excel rather than doing them by hand.
In terms of future project topics, I would consider surveying Kalamazoo College students about their work, study, eating, exercising habits, etc. I found surveying K students to be a good idea because you will have a large population to select from, and the college’s email and campus mail systems make it easy to contact large numbers of people at once.