This week, I took time to set a true outline to my work. This has been a very positive experience for me as far as me getting the major flow of the story squared away. I was a bit lost at first as far as formatting and those kinds of things go, but what I decided to do was create a 5 scene description. Basically, I am showcasing what the 5 major parts of the story are. Admittedly, I did not include all of the details and elements of each scene, as I do not want to feel blocked in or attached to these things as I create moving forward. With all of research done and creating a really good template for me to start with, I feel like I am ready to begin attacking this work and creating my story from the ground up. I look forward to continuing this work in class tonight and hearing from my fellow thesis writers to hear about their progress. It is always inspiring and makes me want to continue with my momentum (the best I can).
It seems like just yesterday I sent an email to Dr. Zamora to inquire about the MA program here at Kean University. Now I am in the last semester of this program and am drawing near the end of my thesis, and it all seems so surreal in a way. Crazy. Over break, I took some much needed time to decompress where I could, as my job got much busier and more intense as we entered the heart of the holiday season. I had the chance to spend the holidays with my family and do some things that I wanted to do (finish watching Supernatural, continue working on my tattoo sleeve.) My project, however, was never far from my mind.
I did make sure that I carved out some time to sit down and think about where I go from here with my thesis. For me, the most important thing was to map out my story and get a final sense of the events and the order in which they are going to happen. Now, some of these things can change depending on how these first few weeks of continued development play out, but the bulk of the story is definitely set, leaving me with the task of simply sitting down and writing it (piece of cake, right?)
Mapping out my semester, I think the most important thing for me, especially early on in this semester is that I commit to writing for about two hours at a minimum a week to start, just to ensure that I do not drift too far away from it. Allowing my classmates and Dr. Zamora in to see my progress and listen to their suggestions is going to be a large cog in the machine that is the production of my thesis. I have reached the stage where feedback is the most important asset that we have in this class to make sure we are heading down the right track. As far as timelines or deadlines that I have thought about for myself, I do not want to restrict myself or put myself under any more pressure than there is already attached to this project, so I am not going to give hard dates on when I expect to reach certain milestones. Just want to let it all come to me as it comes.
That’s all I have for you guys. See you all tonight!
I cannot believe that the end of the semester is coming down to a close. It feels as though I blinked and now poof! Here we are wrapping up with just over a week to go. As I look back and reflect on my MA journey to this point, the ending of this semester is going to be bittersweet due to the natural progression of life. For all of those who are finishing and will be finishing their work in this program this semester, I am so happy for each of you and am proud to call each of you a colleague and friend. Selfishly, I wish you all had one more semester so that it lined up with the end of my journey in this program, but at the same time, I look forward to checking in with all of you to see how the next step in your lives is developing. For those who will be crossing the finish line with me next semester, we got this! Just need to grind out one more semester and we will be exactly where we envisioned ourselves when we applied to this program in the first place.
As far as my own personal reflection, balancing work and school has been killing me and I cannot wait to have a slight break in the action. I have been working on applications to 5 PhD programs in writing, rhetoric, and composition, so adding that to the mix makes me even more on edge and stressed (don’t worry Dr. Zamora, the information you asked for is coming shortly!) That has always been my goal from the time I entered this program, so for that process to be in full swing has certainly been intimidating, but it is one I am also cautiously excited to see how it all pans out.
Finally, let me talk a little bit about my project. Wow. Just wow. How far this work has come for me since last semester is really wild to me. What was initially an idea for short outline of an episode of “Black Mirror” has morphed into a potential, real screenplay. It is certainly intimidating and I am sure I will need plenty of guidance and assurance down the final stretch, but I am ready and excited to enter that phase. Not I finish up with the work I am doing this semester, of course!
One week left guys, one week left. We got this. See you tonight!
This week’s blog will officially be my last thesis progress blog for my time within the MA in English Writing Studies Program. This week is dedicated to finishing everything on the below checklists, which I am almost done with. My final submission for my thesis project will be submitted in the form of a website, that will host all of the artifacts of my project. I will be publishing and submitting the site by the beginning of next week, so be on the look out for it!
Everything has been happening so fast which is why my post is coming so late. I can barely keep track of what day it is! WIth that being said, I will be somewhat brief in my updates on my thesis project. I took some time to sit down and map out a bit more of the story. It is still far from finished, but it is coming along and I am satisfied with the progress that I have made up until this point. I also have been able to sprinkle in some research time for all of the aspects that require it. From the setting to the occupation of my main character, I am finally starting to put together a considerable lot of information that will be able to help me to form my story.
Additionally, one more update, I really began to think about what Dr. Zamora said about my piece and I think that I am definitely going to pivot to making this into more of a screenplay than a novel. Frankly, that is how I have been conceptualizing my ideas, so it makes more sense for me to take it in that direction, and that really excites me moving forward with this work.
Hi all! In this week’s progress report, I am proud to announce that I have officially finished the student version website! Between getting my own writing scholars ready to end their semester, and preparing for the last three weeks of mine; I was in a Go Mood. Alongside finishing the site, I made major edits to my Research Proposal, completed my #OTESSA21 proposal submission, and finished off my last major assignment for my NJIT course. Getting all of this fun stuff done before Thanksgiving really helped relieve some stress off my shoulders. Posted below is the video of my presentation, where I discussed the creation of both the student and instructor version of the e Learning websites.
Hi fellow scholars! Unfortunately, my news from last week of presenting at Research Day at NJIT will not be happening. The university has decided to postpone it to next semester. Even with this unfortunate news, my thesis is still trugging along. I did MAJOR edits on the introduction and literature review within my Research Proposal. I am currently finishing up the last three tutorial videos for the student version site. Since I will not be sharing any more of my tutorial videos into the end of my thesis, in this week’s blog, I will let you guys read the edited version of the introduction and literature review within my Research Proposal.
Goals for the coming week:
- FINISH student version site
- Add in “notebooks” for 6 different scholars
- Continue to make edits to Research Proposal
- Make slight edits to instructor version site
4 more weeks to go.. It is grind time!
Between our last class meeting and coming into this week, I have been focusing on finishing up the tutorial videos for the students’ site. These past couple of days have felt more heavier and crunch time. Alongside completing work for the M.A. program here at Kean, I am also trying to finish my semester strong at NJIT. Luckly, I was able to carry my thesis work along to the course I am taking at NJIT. With that help of my fellow communication peers at NJIT, I have been able to refine the lit review version that is within my research proposal. This week, I will not be giving a preview of my last three videos for my students’ site. But I would like to leave you all with some cool news:
- I will be presenting my thesis work at NJIT Graduate Research Day this upcoming Monday! Below is a flyer for more details:
- I will start back preparing to move forward with starting my research with the 3rd grade students within my AmeriCorps position. I will need to talk to Dr. Zamora and Dr. Charles and what my next steps will be.
Lastly, I will leave you all with a checklist of the all last bit of wrapping up for my thesis project
This week I took some time to plan out the events in my story, taking Dr. Zamora’s suggestion moving forward as my next step. It has been slightly challenging to think of how the story is going to break at different points, but it has been fun nonetheless. What I have tried to focus on is listing out the main events that will happen throughout the story and trying to fill in the details from there. That is where a project like this is going to flourish, in the details. Once I have the entire thing mapped out, I will conduct more research into all of the aspects that still nedd to nbe ironed out, and I believe this will open even more doorways for me to continue to construct my project. One thing I have also thought about briefly is how I want to put all of it together, as the more that I have thought about it, I think Dr. Zamora was right where this project will end up being more of a screenplay than a novel, and that both excited me and scares me, as that is something else that I need to do research on and see how to put all of this together. Not a ton of progress, but progress either way. See you all later!
This week’s thesis blog post is going to be simple and sweet. I have been doing a lot of creating throughout my entire process of creating a site centered around a student’s perspective. Through tutorial videos I have been uploading to youtube, these videos are a greeting starting point with these moc version sites.
I did a little self reflection of my understanding on educational technology. It is definitely a big field, and I wish to grasp as much as possible so that I can finalize TAWP. I was also entertaining the idea of pitching my content to google; due to the fact that creation of the site (which as puts protection to an extent), on who can access the information. Would anyone have any suggestions on this matter?
To end off this lovely blog post, below are the components of my thesis I worked on today, alongside my course schedule of what I am working on this week.
FYI: My course schedule is showing the things I planned to do in advance. All other material below is me putting on 3x times the work … Graduation, here I come!):
TAWP Students “notebook”
Working Thesis Progress Calendar: