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
“Portrait of clever student with open book reading it in college library”
For any lost seniors out there:
The library is offering workshops for seniors writing a thesis or an essay. Topics include finding resources here and elsewhere, discovering specialized resources, interlibrary loans, reference services, EndNote, and more.
Sessions will be offered on Monday 9/28, Tuesday 9/29, Wednesday 9/30, and Thursday 10/1 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.
Dates: Monday, September 28 through Thursday, October 1
Times: 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM each day
Place: Olin Library
Sarah Chrystler ’13 writes in:
Come to the best film series night of the year – senior theses! There are two programs this year: 16mm and Digital films on Friday, May 8th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 10th at 2:00 pm; and Digital and Animation films on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th, both at 8:00 pm.
Tickets will cost $5 and go quickly – make sure to get there early to save a seat! Tickets will go on sale 45 minutes before each show.
Dates and times:
16mm and Digital films: Friday, May 8th at 8:00pm; and Sunday, May 10th at 2:00pm
Digital and Animation films: Saturday, May 9th at 8:00pm; and Sunday, May 10th at 8:00pm
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
CFA Staffer Andrew Chatfield invites you to a senior music recital by Merry Li ’15, “A Show from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”
The performance will include revolutionary songs from China whose performance complements Li’s written thesis work on the relationship between revolutionary songs and visual propaganda during China’s Cultural Revolution.
Date: Sunday, March 29th
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: World Music Hall (CFA)
Mari’s April Fool’s Prank
Welcome to the first installment of THESISCRAZY 2014, the Wesleying feature where we interview sleep-deprived, Easy Mac-consuming thesis writers during the final days leading up to that fateful moment on the Olin steps (which happens this Friday, April 11th). To see more THESISCRAZY features from previous years, check them out here.
Are you a senior thesis writer who wants to get interviewed within the next 2-3 days (cough, any NSM majors, cough)? Email staff(at)wesleying(dot)org!
Rejected post title: “P-Safe Writes Up Every Thesis-Writer for Open-Container Violation on Steps of Olin”
Though it is unknown just how many seniors were up finishing their theses late Thursday night, or still finishing them yesterday, once the clock struck 4:00 p.m., everyone was done—we hope— and as per tradition, another class of thesis writers gathered on the steps of Olin to celebrate. The downpour posed no hindrance to the celebrators, as they only added to the wintry wetness by popping a myriad of champagne bottles. The writers were joined by an ensemble of Taiko drummers, who, using plastic topped garbage cans, pounded away, providing an appropriate accompaniment to this journey’s end. Smiles, hugs, and bellows of joys were abound, and there were even a couple of tears. They’re done with their theses, but not with Wesleyan, and this tradition seems the ample way to lead them to that end, as the Class of 2013 moves into its final month here.
Also of note was a concurrent bridal procession, who also happened to be taking photos at Olin on this particularly rainy day. Shout-out to the bride and groom, who found more celebration on campus than they probably expected.
Previous THESISCRAZY coverage here. Full photo gallery past the jump. It’s your turn now, 2014.
Think writing is the only thing going on in those thesis carrels? Think again.
You’ve heard about theses about sex. You’ve also heard about theses that are not about sex. But have you heard about the sex… about theses? (‘About’ there being used as a preposition to indicate proximity or nearness, and here being used to indicate overly pretentious grammatical analysis.)
Anyway, if you’re a senior frantically trying to make whole chapters coherent (or written), you received a survey a few weeks ago (inspired by this old Argus article from the 1995) about how much sweet sweet sexin’ you’ve been getting in your carrel (or not carrel) in between the coffee runs. About 20 percent of you managed to fill it out, and by the looks of it the rest of you were too busy bangin’ to complete the survey. Here are the results, with a few choice excerpts:
Have you ever had sex in your carrel? Yes: 48% (56% at least masturbated)
“Yep. Haven’t really been able to concentrate in my carrel ever since.”
“Yes. I’ve spent more time having sex in my carrel than working there.”
“yes, oral. but planning on having vaginal intercourse in my carrel soon.”
“Yes, both masturbation and with a partner. We found the chair and desk especially useful surfaces.”
“[My thesis would be] Order of the Phoenix, where they’re sort of chasing loose ends and everyone dies…”
Alas, another installment of THESISCRAZY is upon us. Enjoy the laughs, the tears, the forms of procrastination. Honestly, I think the thesis writers speak for themselves. Check out this year’s previous installments of THESISCRAZY here and here. For past years of “Don’t do it!”, check ’em out here. To follow along with the #thesiswhy hashtag, click here.
Reads more THESISCRAZY after the jump. If you’re writing a thesis and want to be interviewed, contact us before Friday at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Consider putting a lot of exclamation points in the title so we see it and know how stressed you are.
Plans for April 12: “Getting really drunk and then going to see Spring Breakers.“
To get this out of the way: yes, I don’t have any science students in this lovely Part 2; I do, however, have a Classics major (and I guess those are more rare?). But exciting news: we will definitely probably most likely kinda sorta have some science kiddies in our next post (Science people, OPEN YOUR CARRELS TO US. WHERE DO YOU LIVE?!?!).
Read after the jump to see more THESISCRAZY seniors. For previous THESISCRAZY installments, click here. To see our very nice 2013 THESISCRAZY Part 1, check it out here.
Universal plans for April 12? “To give zero fucks about anything.”
It’s that time of year when seniors begin to pull their hair out (literally), sleep under their desks, and string together crazy amounts of run-on sentences that make English teachers everywhere shudder.
Welcome to THESISCRAZY, the feature where we, the fearless writers of Wesleying, maneuver our way into the corners of campus where thesis writers
work live and hit them with rapid-fire questions about their theses.
Read after the jump to see the first installment.