Greetings from Phoenix! After a long break from blogging, I am back and ready to roll. It has been hectic recently as I moved to a new school site and finished up my first semester of master’s classes with ASU. I have one week left before my winter break, which doesn’t seem like much, except for the fact that the federal office of Head Start (OHS) is coming to my classroom for two days in order to conduct the triennial review of Maricopa County’s program. Needless to say, I am a bit nervous. That’s why I have been distracting myself with this:
Meet Solomon. He was my senior thesis at Bates. We spent many nights together during that magical fall semester. There were good times, and there were bad times. Then we broke up. But now for the exciting news: we are getting back together!*
Solomon arrived in the mail about two days ago because my thesis advisor and I are going to try to publish my thesis. We had started the process back when I was at Bates, but with all of the insanity of moving out here and starting my life, we had to take a break. My mom sent me Solomon, who contains all of my research, references, measures, data, and approvals from those four months, so that I can use some more of my analyses to strengthen my manuscript. For a link to my thesis abstract as well as those of my peers who studied Psychology at Bates, click here.
Looking back on thesis, I realize how lucky I was to have the opportunity to do one. As a first year, I was absolutely terrified of the prospect of writing my senior thesis, but I really believe that I was ready when I finally got to that point in my college career. Bates gave me that incredible opportunity to work one-on-one with a professor to study something that was both self-created and self-directed. By the end of that semester, I was so proud of what I had accomplished, and that is why I am so excited to get the ball rolling again as I work on getting it published.
So yes, that is what I am doing this weekend – I am getting back together with my thesis. When Solomon and I ended our fling a year ago, I really did think it was over, but things have a funny way of working out sometimes. I think this is the start of an exciting new relationship…
*Note: I am not the only one who named my thesis, nor am I the craziest for insinuating a relationship between myself and my capstone project. I actually had a friend who made a Facebook profile for his thesis, then married it on the FB. Yeah, it can sometimes go there.