From Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ’15:
Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information, and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis. Really soon. As in this weekend. After brunch. But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.
Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting with you regularly to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.
To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out the application form by Monday, November 30, at 5 p.m. Please note that this is a very popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we will likely not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!
If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please direct them to Professor Anne Greene at agreene(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, or to Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ’15 at writingworks(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Deadline: Monday, November 30 at 5 PM
From the CFA staff:
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Co-sponsored by University Relations.
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
From CFA staffer Andrew Chatfield:
A reception for seniors Raphael Leitz, Nita Mukand, Luca Ameri, Derrick Qi Wang, and Dat Vu in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History. The students’ works will be exhibited in the gallery from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 29, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5pm.
Date: Tuesday, March 24 – Sunday, March 29
Time: 12-5 PM
Place: Zilkha Gallery
From Olin librarian Kendall Hobbs:
The library is offering workshops on research sources and interlibrary loan and other services for seniors writing a thesis or an essay. Sessions will be offered on Monday 9/23, Tuesday 9/24, Wednesday 9/25, and Thursday 9/26 at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 each day. No need to sign up ahead of time. Choose a date and time convenient for you and join a group for a 45 minute info session at Olin Library’s reference office. Attendees will be granted expanded interlibrary loan privileges.
The Wesleyan Thesis Films 2013 – Trailer from Ethan Young on Vimeo.
The screenings of the 2013 Thesis films are this weekend. All showings are in the Goldsmith Family Cinema. 16mm is Friday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Digitals are Saturday and Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are $5. They are sold on a first come, first serve basis, limited to one per person, and go on sale 45 minutes before showtime.
Important note: The film screenings did not sell out last year either of the opening nights. Although many folks show up especially early to get good seats, please do not let that discourage you from arriving much closer to the showtime. We want as many people as humanely possible to enjoy our films.
On each night of the film screenings we will announce on the Facebook event page when/if the tickets have sold out. If you do not see a post on there, assume that seats are still available and come down.
The screening order is:
Senior theses actually never end, despite popular misconception. Brewster Lee ’13 is proof:
Please join me and some awesome friends for my senior recital.
‘Virtuality: Myths of Future Imaginations’ is an exploration of the computer and technology as tools of creation, represented by a collection of songs I’ve been working on. Visuals, too.
4/20 ~ 7PM ~ WORLD MUSIC HALL ~ FREE
featuring / with help from:
Dylan Bostick ’13
Kevin Brisco ’13
Jaime De Venecia ’15
Will Feinstein ’13
Hannah Jenkins ’15
Alex Lough ’13
Date: Yeah, 4/20.
Time: 7 PM. No, not 4:20.
Place: World Music Hall, CFA
Facebook: Yeah. (And yeah.)
Which IGBEE song popped in my head when I put up this event?: This one.
It all began with the forging of the Great Papers. Seven were given to the Film Studies Professors; immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. And now those seven will be gifted to the race of Wesleyan Students, who above all else desire power. For within these papers was bound the strength and the will to govern over an entire campus.
This is it, folks. Come hear six great screenplay pitches and one historical/theoretical rundown from seven amazing senior Film majors. The chosen few and their works are:
Douglas Bensimon ’12: The Nazi
Carolyn Cohen ’12: Squanderland
William Donald ’12: Off the Trail
Miriam Smith-Drelich ’12: Goodnight, Sunshine
Zachary J. Valenti ’12: Smokin’ Ocean
Jeremy P. Wolf ’12: Camp Goggles
Sarah Shachat ’12: Intrigue, Blood, and Naked Breasts: Strategies of the Epic Series on Premium Cable
Jeanine Basinger, head of the Department of Film Studies, says this is the best collection of written work she’s seen at Wesleyan. And she’s seen A LOT here.
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
And with that—a boisterous rendition of the “Wesleyan Fight Song,” a few loud champagne corks, a flurry of hugs, and a palpable sense of relief—it’s all over. Nine months of work, dispatched in one drunken hour on the Olin steps. (Special thanks to Charlotte, guys.) Not even the Open Container Policy can squash this storied tradition. It’s a good time to be a senior, eh? (You know. Except the whole “graduating in a month” thing.)
After spending two weeks interviewing writers and documenting Thesis-Land despair, it’s hard not to feel some vicarious sense of relief. I know where you worked. I know what caffeinated beverages you downed in your carrel. I know how many nights you slept in ST Lab. I know how many times you re-wore the same pants. (Well, no. I don’t.) And I am terrified for next year.
Consider this a hearty ‘grats to all thesis-writers, whether you were profiled on this blog or not. Scroll on for a full gallery, and click past the jump for a brief, shaky video clip of the “Wesleyan Fight Song.”
“I am incredibly excited to meet the person that I have become tomorrow because I assume that person will be happy, not stressed, and friendly to be around.”
Here we are: judgment day. In just a few hours, this will all be over. You will hand in nine or ten or twelve months’ worth of work, you will imbibe alcohol or whatever on the steps of Olin, you will head to the ice rink to rock out to Matisyahu (wait—what?), and you will slowly begin the process of reintegrating yourself into society. It’s sort of like emerging from prison. Right, Cara? Cara?
Once again, I pushed my way through the nooks and crannies Olin (as well as ST Lab), anxious to feel what it’s like to be a cracked out thesis-writer with the clock ticking in the last few days before the deadline. What I found, in a few writers, was a strong sense of being totally incapable of coherent human communication with anyone who isn’t writing a thesis. I interviewed a few homeless (read: carrel-less) writers as well this time—and discovered in ST Lab a vibrant late-night community of overcaffeinated, undernourished crazies challenging today’s deadline. Turns out there are a lot of caffeinated beverages you can accumulate when you’re working right by Pi.
Additional thanks is due A-Batte, Syed, pyrotechnics, and BZOD for this feature—not to mention every cagey senior thesis-writer who put up with our harassment. Thanks, guys. You really shouldn’t be reading this right now. Happy Thesis Day!
Did you miss seeing your film friends on Friday? Saturday? Sunday nights?
Did they borrow large amounts of money and then disappear?
Catch them this weekend at the
WESLEYAN FILM THESES SCREENINGS OF 2011.
The truth about what they’ve been up to.
Brought to you by the 2011 thesis filmmakers.
Seating is first come, first serve. Doors open 45 minutes before each screenings, but get there early.
16mm Screenings (with Nick Singer, Becca Choi) : Friday 8PM / Sunday 2PM
Digital Screenings: Saturday 8PM / Sunday 8PM
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema