Cohort to Cohort: Thesis Wisdom

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With the January residency just around the corner, what better way to prepare for the master thesis term than hearing what those in the heat of things have to say? A sampling of students currently wrapping up the CW 520 course, Master Project Semester, have shared a few words of wisdom for the next cohort….

This is coming from an unorganized person, but organization is the key in the thesis semester. It’s a very hands-off term regarding mentors, so get out your calendar during residency and map out a specific plan of action. Mark your goals, i.e. reaching X amount of words or trying a new character, then note when you realistically plan to reach each goal and when to discuss them. That said, it is a creative project, so try to keep some elasticity in your plan. – Kait Burrier

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Don’t procrastinate! – Heather Lowery

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Write through it. Even when you think it’s not coming together, write through it! – Laura Duda

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Plan ahead and carve time to revise and edit once the project is completed. This requires a lot of organization indeed. – Edith Trenou-Dackey

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Start work before the semester officially begins so you aren’t rushing at the deadline. – Ashley Supinski

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As with any endeavor, what you put in is exactly what you’ll get out. – Pauline Hill Threlkeld

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Thanks to the current 520 group. Best wishes for those starting the intensive term ahead!

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