THE GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE:
Writing a Master’s Thesis for a Master of Arts program during Graduate school sounds logical and expected in every sense. However, writing a thesis is not always required in all graduate programs. For The College of Saint Rose, writing a Master’s Thesis is entirely optional, and not for the faint of heart, nor the short of will. Writing a Master’s Thesis requires an additional semester of schooling with the added pressure of student bills. However, one additional semester is usually not enough to complete the project given its high expectations. A typical Master’s Thesis is usually at least fifty pages and takes upwards of two years to complete.
My Master’s Thesis began in 2009 when I read the novel Infinite Jest for a summer seminar. For me, this novel was a game-changer that set my course of studies into an entirely new direction. The following semester I signed up to read the novel again for a Contemporary Narrative course. It was then that I decided to do an Advanced Project on the novel, this project being a requirement of every graduate at Saint Rose. When I finished the Advanced Project, I didn’t feel done, nor fulfilled, nor finished for that matter, so I requested the opportunity to write a Master’s Thesis. The authority to allow the opportunity to write a Thesis comes from a panel of advisers/professor who work directly with the project as well as a grade of at least an A-. I was granted approval and I recently defended my Thesis to this same panel of advisers who congratulated me on my intrepid work and who I look forward to working with closely, even though I am officially no longer a student at the College of Saint Rose.
The completion of a Master’s Thesis is truly an achievement in and of itself. I already teach as an Adjunct instructor at a local Community College, but the reality for teachers is that they have to have an impressive history of publications, conferences, and scholarly endeavors to be considered for tenure track or even full-time work. I am lucky that to have had the opportunity to create such high scholarship, but now the world needs to see it. I still work directly with my panel of advisers to get my Thesis out there to be published and heard, but the process of being a world-scholar as well as a world traveler can leave any part-time employee broke even at the expense of something they’re so passionate about.
WHAT YOU’RE FUNDING:
“Multiplicities: Mapping Identity through Literature” is a Graduate student conference hosted by The Department of English and the Division of Languages and Literature at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. I have been accepted to present a section of my Master’s Thesis written in partial fulfillment of a Master of Arts degree at the College of Saint Rose. Your funding will afford the opportunity for my Master’s Thesis to be both seen and heard all the way across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic to the buzzing metropolis of Madrid, Spain.
-Donors will receive endless thank you’s and the opportunity to celebrate passion about what we choose to do for a living.
-I know I signed up for struggle and hardship when I chose scholarship in English Literature as my career focus, but I did it because I love it, because the career challenges me, and whenever I get into the classroom I know that I’m right where I want to be.
-Please share in this experience with me…any contribution is so much appreciated already.