It’s that time of year when seniors all over campus are quickly assembly their senior papers for grading. In just a little over a week, Luther seniors will be turning their senior papers in, parading around in stickers claiming their victory, and breathing a huge sigh of relief. We’re almost there, seniors. We’re almost there.
Just yesterday I turned in a rough draft of my senior paper to my senior paper advisor. I don’t think I’ve ever written a paper of this length (27 pages), incorporating this many sources (31 sources), and diving in as deeply as my senior paper does. It really does give you a sense of accomplishment. After countless hours of library research, concentrated writing and picky editing, I can finally say that I am almost there!
For my senior paper, I got extremely lucky. You could say that I won the senior paper lottery. You see, each senior psychology student gets to choose their senior paper advisor and all advisors operate under very different systems. I was fortunate enough to get a senior paper advisor who enjoys structure and giving his advisees feedback throughout the process. This is exactly what I needed! I’ve been witness over the last few months as others with less structured advisors put off the hard work for their papers. I am now seeing those same people, slowly getting more and more stressed out as the deadline approaches. On the other hand, I was given a schedule for when each section was due, and edits on my various drafts. Because of this, I had my first draft done a week and a half ahead of the deadline. I now have time to edit, edit, edit! And it feels great!
A senior paper is a blessing in disguise. Many seniors may be annoyed with me saying it, but after they turn their papers in and look back on the process I’m sure they’ll agree. Senior papers are a chance to dive in deep to a subject that you feel particularly passionate about. It’s a chance to show what you’re made of. Whether you choose to do your own research, do a case study style paper, or do a research review (like I did), you are guarenteed to have a whole new academic experience! It will change you! And I have to say that I think it’s a change for the better. Diving into literature, and writing my senior paper provided me with just another opportunity to realize how psychology was the right direction for me.
I was meant to be a psychology major. I’m proud to be psychology major. And, yes, my senior paper reiterated that for me.
Cheers ladies and gents :)