Things I Have Learnt From My Thesis…

So I’m 22,500 words into my thesis. I have one chapter and the conclusion left and I’ve just been utterly stuck. The draft is due in for 1st May, but my sister is visiting from 26th-29th April, and this Saturday is going to be busy too. So, with a deadline looming over my head and (academic) writer’s block, what better than to write a post about it?! This is also the reason for a lack of posts lately – and I’ve got about seven books read and waiting to be reviewed.

Fran knows how I feel. (image source)
Fran knows how I feel. (image source)
  1. Procrastination knows no boundaries… I should be working on it as I write this. Cleaning my flat suddenly became a LOT more interesting. As did organising my clothes.
  2. The view from my room is fascinating. People watching is my new hobby.
  3. Coffee is my friend. Until the effect wears off.
  4. Literally 90% of my thesis stress comes from Microsoft Word. I’ve been writing chapters using Scrivener, but I’m using Word to compile everything and it’s the worst thing in the world. It’s like it sees you want to place something in an exact spot and goes ‘NOPE! NOT HAPPENING! YOU WANT TO ADD FIGURES?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? FOOL!’.
  5. Music is ESSENTIAL. But it has to be the right music, namely film/video game soundtracks and classical music. Something without lyrics, but also epic – to accompany my quest to finish this thesis…
  6. Finding the right font is a time consuming, yet important, process. Those sub-titles need to look perfect.
  7. As is formatting chapters before the whole thing is finished just because it feels productive.
  8. And thinking up a snappy title.
  9. Below the word count?
    Below the word count? Sorted! (image source)
  10. The thesis becomes 80% of your conversation topics, in one way or another.
  11. It’s also the first thing you think of in the morning, and the thing you fall asleep worrying about. Or don’t sleep well because of.
  12. The gym is a wonderful distraction. I never thought I’d say that sentence.
  13. Non-uni related book guilt becomes worse.
  15. Sometimes it’s best just to write SOMETHING, even if that something is crap, and look over it later.
  16. I’m totally cool with wearing the same outfit 5 days in a row. Who’s going to see me?
The final deadline is 15th June. Wish me luck!

12 thoughts on “Things I Have Learnt From My Thesis…”

  1. I concur that music is essential. Every time I write ANY essays at all, there has to be music, specifically instrumental and a really powerful soundtrack that really gets my blood pumping and gets my mood into “girl on a mission”.

    Good luck with your thesis! Last lap power boost! 😀

  2. #8… Few years ago I visited my friend in grad school when I was still an undergrad. Literally every time I would meet one his friends there, after the basic introductions, each of them would somehow steer the conversation so they could rant about what they working on for their research/thesis.

  3. Oh my gosh! I totally understand all of this! Granted, I’m just beginning to write my thesis, because it’s due may of 2016, and then I have an entire semester of edits after that, but I have a feeling that this post will be a memoir of my thesis endeavor! Good luck! I know you’ll be able to get everything done! 🙂

  4. Best wishes on completing your thesis! You can do it o/ 🙂 Haha, I love the second image you used from Parks & Recreation: when I was writing my thesis, I was doing things like refraining from using contractions just to up my word count/page count a wee bit *blushes*

    Love your list! 🙂 About #10: omg, so true. Would spend long hours researching, revising, theorising, writing, and when I go to sleep I’d still be working through it. No rest whatsoever O_O

    1. Thanks Lianne 🙂 And yeah, I’m not sure if I will follow Ron’s advice though…

      I feel SO relaxed now though, it’s incredibly odd. I handed my draft in on Friday and now I have a few weeks whilst they mark it. So I have free time, and I honestly don’t entirely know what to do with myself…

    1. I actually didn’t panic quite as much, mostly because we had about a year to write that, and here we’ve only really had 2 months or so. One sixth of the time to write 3 times as much D:


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