How to Make Thesis the Best Thing That Has Ever Happened to You

Advice from people who are done or mostly done


Betsy Samber

Senior Maryanna Reed rejoices at the completion of her thesis

At Academic Magnet, the startĀ of a new year means more than just accidentally writing the wrong date on all of your papers. As every junior knows, January marks the true beginning of senior thesis. The year ahead may seem daunting, but don’t worry! The wise sages of the senior class have some valuableĀ tips to help you along.

  1. “Find a mentor as early as possible. If they don’t respond to your emails, pick a new mentor immediately.” – Evey Adams
  2. “You want a topic that your mentor can actually help you with, because otherwise you have to do everything on your own.” – Anna Book
  3. “Do something you love, because you’ll have to work on it for a long time.” – Ariel Dornisch
  4. “Don’t procrastinate!” – Haven Xu
  5. “Don’t get an extension just because you’re lazy.” – Grace Rieflin
  6. “Don’t get an extension unless you really need it. Force yourself to meet the deadlines.” – Henry Aherne
  7. “Do a little each night or cry the night before. Also, don’t be afraid to pick a science thesis.” – Carson Matsick
  8. “Don’t do a science thesis. With a creative thesis, you can design the entire thing yourself. And don’t be afraid of losing the 15 points–it can only happen once.” – Alex Cunningham
  9. “Pick a topic that relates to your potential major or career choice so you can decide if it’s really what you want to do for the rest of your life.” – William Pugh
  10. “Wando is a very good school.” – Owen Navarro


The Class of 2016