Scrapping a thesis: Awful Idea?
May 7, 2012 6:57 PM Subscribe
I graduate in two weeks and my senior thesis is still unwritten due to a myriad of circumstances. Should I just scrap it and take my BA without the honors distinction?
posted by shesdeadimalive to Education (35 answers total)
My thesis advisor adores me, but we've gone round and round and were unable to really pin down something for me to write about. It's my misfortune that I go to a school and majored in a department where none of the professors are really interested in what I'm interested in. I've struggled with depression my whole life and this semester has been one of the worst bouts I've experienced in a long time, so I haven't gotten much done.
My advisor just emailed me and said there wasn't any time to meet for the rest of the semester and that she expects my thesis by next Monday. There were also some barbs about it being unoriginal.
I haven't even started writing it yet since and my university allows withdrawal from the honors program at any point so I'm wondering if it would just be better to scrap it entirely.
I do eventually want to go to graduate school but I was rejected or waitlisted (and still didn't get in) at all of the places I applied this year so I'm feeling more than a little disillusioned with academia in its entirety.
Am I totally screwing myself by dropping the thesis?