By Ben Murray
Many Graduate students share a common bond with one another. We have all experienced a bone chilling terror, a nauseating knot in our stomachs that few others ever know. This feeling of desperation, fear and anxiety can be elicited by one word: thesis. Writing a thesis or dissertation is one of the most valuable takeaways as a Graduate student. In many ways, it is the culmination of your education–a way to show the world everything you’ve learned and apply your skills in a unique way. However, there is some added pressure that simply did not exist for other papers you may have written in the past. This time, your work will bare the institution’s name and you will likely have to defend the paper before you can graduate. With this in mind, (not to mention the deadlines that tend to sneakily creep up on you) completing a thesis can often be a stressful affair. Thankfully, Baylor offers some excellent help along the way that can ease the trepidation.
Last week, I attended the Graduate School’s Dissertation and Thesis Workshop. The information session is conducted by Baylor’s veteran thesis and dissertation coordinator, Sandra Harman and her Graduate Assistant, Lacy Crocker. The session was relaxed and highly informative (there was PIZZA!). Mrs. Harman covered the overall process of thesis submission while Lacy went over the numerous formatting rules required by the Graduate School. One of the advantages about attending graduate school at Baylor is the access to personal attention students have. Sandra and Lacy are more than happy to answer questions from students and are very accessible should problems arise during thesis writing. It’s refreshing to know that your paper won’t be just another number on a list. Sandra and Lacy work with students individually to ensure submissions are completed on time and meet university standards. Despite dealing with numerous questions and submissions every day, Sandra and Lacy are committed to meeting students with cheerful attitudes and helpful advice. So, next time you hear the word “thesis,” relax a little and know that you are not alone in the process!