19 May 2014

Thesis Crunch Time

Hello friends!  Apologies for my absence.  I have been BUSY!  It's Thesis crunch time.  I went to Texas...
Airplane Selfie

I was there Monday-Saturday and I had to work on my thesis the entire time.  I worked on it out on the front porch one day:

It was nice.  Then mom and I sat out there and talked and read magazines until dinner time:

My thesis involves thematic analysis and I have never done that before now.  Its a lot harder than I imagined.  So, the last two weeks has been a week and a half of racking my brain on how to do thematic analysis and trying to find the themes from the interviews I did, and half a week of writing up my results.  I used this book a little:

I also read a lot of articles about thematic analysis because all of my professors were out of town so I had no one that I could go see to get answers to my questions.  I did cutting and sorting with index cards:

I felt lost for most of the last two weeks.  This was the turning point:

My very first theme!  After that it was much easier to figure out.  I've worked on this so much I am getting to that point where I am out of things to say and out of ideas.  My current page count is 87 - can you believe that?  

I have a meeting with my thesis chair tomorrow so that he can give me some feed back.  My entire thesis is due next week - I will send it to my committee who will have 2 weeks to read it and then I will have my defense on June 17th.  I can't believe its only 3 weeks away!!  Yikes!  I will be so happy after its over though.

Anyways, that is why I have been not posting, but now that it seems to be at a manageable place (and hopefully i am not cursing myself by saying that) I can get back to doing fun things like making art and then I can post more too! Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful week! 


  1. I just know you will do well!! Is this for your Masters, or your Doctorate? Just keep putting one foot in front of the other!!

    1. Its for my Masters! It will be a few years before I do the doctorate - I need a mental break.