As a student, you enter the scholarly conversation when ...
...you engage with the ideas you read in the scholarly literature
...you discuss ideas in class or in discussion boards online
...you prepare and give a class presentation
...you read works by others and then write your own paper citing & responding to those works through your own ideas
...you present a poster at a research conference
...you give a presentation at a research conference
Finding, reading & understanding articles and then writing your OWN paper is an important way to show that you understand the scholarly conversation(s) and are ready to take on an active role as a participant!