Describe what you did:
What I did was I looked deep into my interests and thought about what would be the most interesting idea/topic for me personally. One that I wouldn’t get tired of working on, and talking about. Something that I was super passionate about. After writing and writing until my hand hurt I was better able to determine the things that I could weed out and the things that should be considered for topics.
Describe what was successful:
I think that what was successful was coming up with a lot of really different ideas. Not all of them might have been good. But it helped going through the stages to just keep writing and thinking and delving deeper into everything.
Describe what was unsuccessful and could be improved:
I feel like by the end of the week I was mentally exhausted and was having a hard time coming up with things. I could only do so much each day before I mentally shut down. This is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I just kept thinking the entire time, what if I pick a topic and start working on it and decide I hate it. Then what? It’s really quite scary. I think these thoughts may have also been holding back my progress a bit.
Describe anything new or interesting you learned:
I’ve never been much for writing down day to day things that have happened or are happening. When we had to write each day at least a page, it was really helpful to get some of the things off my chest. I wish I had more time to make that a staple in my routine. It may also help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety I’m feeling about this whole process.
I'm Tonya Stuart-Melland and I am working on choosing my thesis topic for grad school. Here is my step-by-step process.