I recently finished my masters program and for my thesis, I was able to do something that not many people in my department had done before which was be able to conduct my research in Malawi (my school is in Taiwan). Another student a year younger than me (from the same program) showed a lot of interest in going to Malawi, too, and decided she wanted to do her research there as well.
She’s been asking me a lot of questions which I didn’t mind answering before, but recently it feels like she’s trying to take shortcuts, asking to see my proposal before she even chose her topic, asking what scales I used (even though her original topic was completely different) and then suddenly she decided to try to do a similar study to mine (and asked for my participant contact list!). Recently she’s been bugging me a lot to see my proposal and because of her earlier comments and behavior I don’t feel comfortable sharing it with her (especially because I’m trying to publish as well).
Am I overthinking things? I wonder because I am also a little annoyed because I think she’s trying to use my writing and long hours of work to choose her own topic instead of doing a proper literature review. How do I tell her I don’t want to share my proposal or give her all the answers to designing her ‘own’ study?