Take a thorough look at what you know and then leap into the wilderness of human understanding. Research will enrich your education as you investigate the past, uncover new evidence, delve deeply into the theories of those who've gone before and develop your own theories to push back the frontiers of thought.
Doing my own research with Dr. Sean McAleer was the turning point in my education. UWEC is exemplary in this matter — it is so easy for students to get research and career experience while they are in their studies. The philosophy department was especially willing to support student research.