I chose to pursue an IS in the German language because it’s not offered as a school course at PA. Also, my family heritage is German. The IS process is something that requires organization and diligence. However, if you are motivated to learn about your topic, it is fun to have the ability to decide what you want to research specifically. You also have control over your learning pace and structure. The main problem I faced was how easy it is to get in a cycle of sweeping your study into the corner to focus on other classwork.