Thursday, September 3, 2009

I'm gonna write me a thesis.

Yes, it's true. (or in German, since I am trying to practice, Ja, das ist wahr.)

A big part of LGO is the 6 month internship, which happens to be the basis for the 60 (or so) page thesis that we have to write to graduate.

I won't lie. LGO sounded perfect to me when I applied. I loved everything about it... but the thesis was something that I just couldn't believe I would have to do. Even when I was accepted, I wondered what I was getting myself into. I don't mind writing, or talking, but I am not really (and by not really, I mean not at all) a researcher. Fortunately, I learned that although our thesis requires research, it's not because we are writing a research paper, it is because we need to gain knowledge about subjects to help us implement or solve our internship projects. This made me feel a little bit better about it.

Now, it's not only internship time, but it's also thesis writing time. And, in an effort to brag to my classmates (and help motivate them), I would like to state publicly that I have about 6,000 words already written. Oh yes, 6,000 beautiful words in Times New Roman 12 point font discussing how I am creating the best inventory policy every seen. Now, let me step back a bit: 1) 6,000 words includes things like my bibliography, my Table of Contents, and my Title Page. But, still, it's a lot. 2) If it weren't for Drew, I doubt I'd have progressed nearly as far. I've said this before... having another LGO in the same city (if not company) as you Is. The. Best. We are constantly talking about LGO stuff and have made a goal to have our theses finished when our internship finishes. Yes, you read that right, and I think we both will do it. Or at least be 90% there with only fine tuning required. We are the bomb. :)

But, seriously... the hard part is just getting started. Once you get going, it's so "easy." The first 2 chapters can be written pretty early on and the rest just comes together as the internship progresses. The best way to make progress is to use your downtime to write instead of playing on Facebook or surfing the internet.

So, to all of you who are considering applying but feel nervous about the thesis and to all of my classmates that are reading this and need some motivation... just do it. After all, you don't want Drew and I to "beat" you...