Thesis Struggles


    The culminating course of the Veritas Press classical education is Senior Thesis. A year long endeavor to produce something that reads intelligent so that you convince everyone that you learned something over the past four years. But until September, 2015, writing a 35 page paper was a distant mountain. And I was not ready for the massive wave of pressure and research I would have to jump into. For the Pinterest surfer, writing a thesis is imagined as donning a scarf, heading out to the local hipster cafe, buying a pumpkin spice latte and Instagraming a hazily lit photo of your coffee and empty word document before you start. But coming up with a topic to give your life to for the next eight months is no easy stroll through a leaf-littered park.
     As I lay sleeping Monday morning, my friend texted me this link as he was getting ready to present his topic. It’s 20 PhD Students putting there theses is very simple and hilarious words. These are some of my favorites:

1. Does music express emotions or just elicit them? Read the next 200 pages to not find out. 

3. Nanoparticles are weird and I accidentally made a bomb and electrocuted myself.

17. People sometimes think about animals as if they’re people. People like those animals a little more than regular animals. Except when they don’t. I can’t believe they gave me a PhD.

I will note that my friend sent me this at 4:43 a.m. EST, a balmy 1:43 a.m. his time.

Veronica A.

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