Grad Girl Goes Blog

Hi. My name is Tara, and I’m scared to write my thesis.

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right?

Besides being a life-long procrastinator and unrealistic goal-setter, I’m also a graduate student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I’m working toward my M.F.A. in writing.

I have about a year left to complete my thesis and graduate, so I’m blogging about writing my thesis in the hopes that doing so will keep me from becoming the mess I usually am the night before a project is due – tired, dirty, and sobbing on the phone to my mom.

And I’m blogging for these other reasons:

A.) Doing so will force me to actually work on my thesis. Blogging about one’s thesis has been shown to help one write one’s thesis (see, I’m already sounding like a scholar, aren’t I?). Basically, it’s an opportunity to distill research and figure out what you want to say. Don’t believe me? Read this article.

B.) To help others! SCAD (and the Internet) has a ton of thesis writing resources that grad students need to know about. I’ll be posting links to helpful resources I find here. There’s no reason we should all suffer!

But first, a little about how I got here…

To begin, I was raised in Connecticut, where I spent my childhood bossing around my two younger sisters and cross-categorizing my Barbies by the name, birthday, and social security numbers I gave them. As a young adult, I like doing similar things, except my sisters have stopped listening to me, and now I spend Saturday nights organizing my books and DVD collection by color.

Then: Me and my sisters, Kaitlyn and Stephanie

Then: Me and my sisters, Kaitlyn and Stephanie

My writing was first recognized in second grade when I completed my illustrated, construction-paper masterpiece, “The Girl Who Grew Wings and Flew.” In middle school I wrote a 100-page historical-fiction novel about a family that is kidnapped and scalped during the French and Indian War. The book was unnecessarily violent and not at all historically accurate, but it got me moved into the highest-level English class, so that was pretty big.

My senior year of high school, my friend Mike and I wrote a column for our town newspaper called “High School Perspectives,” in which we took on hard-hitting topics like the lack of senior parking and why pasta-Tuesday had been unceremoniously eliminated from the cafeteria menu. I got a kick out of having a real audience reading my writing, so becoming a journalist seemed like the logical next step.

In 2009, I received my B.S. in journalism from Boston University and spent the next nine months begging for a job. In January, I moved to NYC and became a page at NBC, where I quickly learned how to function on no sleep and how not to weep openly when yelled at by a senior executive – both lessons that have helped me immensely in my life. I was hired out of the page program by NBC Sports, where I spent two happy years working in marketing and sales. Alas, as fun as my job and coworkers were, I wasn’t writing, which made my heart ache. So, I applied to grad schools and picked SCAD for its one-of-a-kind nonfiction writing program.

I moved to Savannah last August and have been pretending to be a Southerner ever since.

I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure as I make my way through the thesis writing process. Whether you’re writing your thesis or not, I think you’ll find helpful information and anecdotes to which you can relate.

Check back soon…

A Year From Now

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