My Daughter has an Honors major at college. Really, her classes are no harder or easier than any other majors, but she did have to apply and get accepted to the major and she has to write a thesis.
Last week she was a tad stressed about what her question would be. She knew the topic, she was pretty sure of the direction, but she needed to work on a theory that hadn’t been done before and be something that she would actually be able to do. I’m grateful that she has narrowed her focus to what she thinks is a good starting point.
She also has to get an advisor. The first Professor she approached couldn’t do it because she was already advising two grad students. The second Prof wasn’t sure if she would be a good advisor, but is willing to be used as a sounding board for the thesis. Finally, she found someone who will make an excellent advisor because this Prof is stronger in areas where my daughter is weak, so it will actually make for a great balance. I am grateful that my daughter found an advisor.
Alas, the stress of the thesis has only just begun…but for now…two wins.
A few weeks ago my journal prompt was BEAUTY. Deb thought is was interesting to see how we thought of beauty, but wondered what we thought about UGLY. So, my word for this week is UGLY. Here’s how it was used in the books that I’m reading:
- I just wanted to get through my last night with Daniel in one piece and ugly cry when I got home. Abby Jimenez
- Undercover. The word, ugly and huge, thrums underneath Jen’s breastbone like a heartbeat. Gilliam McAllister
- It’s an ugly business, Watson, an ugly dangerous business, and the more I see of it the less I like it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- That bland looking eatery in some ugly strip mall that has no Yelp reviews? Give it a try. Rob Walker
- No, to be sure not: I should only pity him- hate him, perhaps, if he were ugly, and a clown. Emily Bronte
- Believe me, in this case, ugly would have been a compliment. Laurie Zaleski
- The ugly stuff starts to rear its face, and we don’t know what’s come over us. Pedram Shojai
Here’s how I’m thinking about UGLY:
- In the poetry anthology that I’m reading, not one of the poems contains the word UGLY
- I can’t get “U G L Y you ain’t got no alibi you ugly” our of the stream in my head
- Four letters but powerful word
- Does the word ugly scare us?
- have I though about ugly situations more than I’ve thought about other ugly things?
- The word was used less than I thought it would. Are we trying not to use the word, or have things gotten past ugly