Writing a thesis: a wild goose chase!

The first aspect which reminds me chasing a wild goose is that everything is being done in a great hurry. The deadline is expiring and you are chasing trying to catch this goose’s tail (the deadline) at the last moment. The issue of quality is ranked to be number two in the best cases, in some worse cases it goes after good time, after good length, after APA, so number four!
The second issue is that the author like me is rushing in different directions simultaneously. In a real life conditions we are not choosing topic first, then making introduction, state research question, procedures etc., NO, we are doing everything at the same time, at the opposite order sometimes. I mean I first can make conclusion, then research question, then introduction. Believe me, I can! And this is not a breakthrough, the same happens with people, who find it more interesting to read a book from the end.
The same wild goose chasing for literature review part. The schemas and tables are left for theorists of thesis writing, real conditions provided us with different experience: read as quickly as possible, if you just smell the idea you need you are ready to make conclusion on what the author believes or what this author insists on etc. After your paraphrasing no one would be able to oppose it and let’s hope that the author, which you cite, would not read your thesis.
At the same time the thesis wild goose chasing deteriorates with other kinds of disturbance: endless problems at work and with family, friends and hobbies feel abandoned, so together they are greater force to leave you thesis for the last moment. Even best students in the priority list put family and work first, so theses the highest rated to be number three!
So, what to do with the situation? Just trying to do your best in the chase, as we are gifted and experienced, so we are able to do what hasn’t been done before!

1 thought on “Writing a thesis: a wild goose chase!

  1. Thanks for your post, Oxana. I find it interesting that, while I read, I can feel the hurriedness you mention. This is an unfortunate reality of part-time master’s programs. There are a couple things I would point out just to keep your eye on in future writings.

    1) etc. – I would avoid using etc. too often. Your first example is in the middle of a comma splice and could be replaced with “and so on.” The second example is also a comma splice which needs to be divided into two sentences and etc. can actually be omitted.

    2) Those comma splices are perhaps the most noticeable indication that you are in a rush. Be sure to stop between (or more clearly connect) two independent clauses.

    Thanks for your hard work this semester!



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