Thesis Part 2…

Starting class last Tuesday bought about a mix of emotions for me. I’m excited, nervous, motivated, and so many more emotions that I can’t directly name. Like I discussed with my peers last week my nervousness is centered around me completing my thesis project and feeling satisfied with my final project. I’m sure that I will be able to get there, and I have faith in both myself and my peers that we will all make it to the end. Class felt a little empty without the rest of our original cohort, but I am so proud of them completing their Master’s journey and I am wishing them well wherever they are!

As for myself, I am geared up and ready to get back into the swing of things and to continue my road/journey to completing my thesis. To start with, I took a look at the progress I made during first semester, and although I felt like I didn’t get much done (and that I could have done more) I am pleased with what I have accomplished so far. I have a ton of research that I will be utilizing in my writings and I have a good portion of chapters completed so far. My task for this week is organizing myself, creating a routine, and a timeline for my work. I also want to make the space and time to schedule a one-on-one with Craig from the library to help me add search for and add further research materials to use for my thesis project. I am excited to hear the feedback on my thesis proposal and that feedback will also help guide my journey to completing my project.

I have my drafted out daily schedule and my general timeline written down, and I’m ready to go. Here’s to a great final semester!

Mapping Out My Thesis & My Life…

Happy New Year guys! I’m so excited to be back in class and to see all of your smiling faces again! Stinks that it’s still onscreen and not in real life, but hey, I’ll take what I can get at this point. I’m sure 2021 will be kinder to us all! Alas, this is it, the home stretch! I can’t believe we’re on the verge of completing our thesis and graduating with our MA! But of course we still have more work to do before we can officially celebrate. I have no doubts we can do it and do it well! #GoUs! Having the unconditional love and support from this KUWP family has been the greatest gift! You guys, Dr. Zamora included, give me strength, ease my self doubts and push me forward in this sometimes uncertain journey. Believe me it doesn’t go unnoticed. I love you guys and THANK YOU.

Okay, so now back to business! As far as where I’ve been in my thesis voyage so far: I’ve made it past family traumas and hard truths, and past my inner demons and haunting memories. I’ve made it to the other side, full of hope and humbled by my long, yet healing journey through my mental illness. I still have my bad days but the good ones have been out weighing the bad. I pray this healing and peace continues. Always knowing full well, my mental health will ebb and flow throughout my entire life. I’m always hyper aware, and super conscience of this fact but I’m learning to let go and just take it one day at a time. Through writing my thesis so far, it’s helped me build up my armor. I’m ready and more prepared for whatever battles may lie ahead.

As far as where I need to go in my continuing thesis journey I have to push on in creating and naming each of my chapters and deciding what my final chapter will be. What do I want to say and leave my reader feeling and thinking and processing? This question semi haunts me, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself. I had a lovely conversation with Emily this past weekend and she gave me some great advice. She said to just keep writing and revise later. I plan to do just that with my final chapter. I will continue to write and let it evolve naturally. As I’ve mentioned before in class discussions and during my thesis presentation last semester, I was inspired by the memoir: Heartberries by Terese Mailhot. I’ve been emulating and using her format and style as my blueprint in my own memoir writing process. I will go into more details about this during my upcoming presentation. Stay tuned! Xo

Returning to our Rhythm

Welcome back to thesis time!

It was so great to see you last week, and I am just sharing here our google slides agenda from our first meeting of the semester (last week):

Here is a reminder for what to prep for this week:

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Also, some information about Virtual Research Days will be held on Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Research Days 2021 registration will open on February 1.

Presentation Formats:

Digital Poster Presentation 
Posters will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and displayed on the Research Days website. Students will have the option of recording a brief description of their project to be linked to their poster. 
 
Oral and Creative Work Presentation
Pre-recorded 3-minute videos

Important Dates
February 1 – Research Days Registration Opens
March 15 – Research Days Registration Closes

For more information visit the Research Days website at: www.kean.edu/research-days 

Contact researchdays@kean.edu with any questions.