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Conquer the senior paper

It’s the most stressful time of senior year. Tears may even be shed once or twice. This is the dreaded senior paper, and everyone has to do it in some variation. No matter if it is fall semester or spring semester senior paper, here are some tips to help ensure a job well done without having a mental breakdown.

1. OUTLINE: MOST IMPORTANT

Having an outline will give clear and concise direction. Many people do not use outlines and end up feeling lost along the way. An outline supplies a fluid format to follow, and this process won’t seem as hopeless, especially for bigger papers like this one.

2. UTILIZE ADVISERS

Department advisers want to help students as much as they can and should be willing to answer
any questions about the process, such as researching, formatting and writing. Periodically having an adviser check the paper will make the student feel more at ease with this stressful process. Also, being in constant communication with an adviser guarantees no misunderstanding of the expectations for the paper.

3. SCHEDULE TIME TO WRITE

Being a college student isn’t easy and comes with a lot of dedication. It can be hard to work on senior paper the whole semester while balancing multiple assignments. Setting aside specific days and times to work on it and practicing discipline in utilizing those designated times will provide availability to work on it. Students also won’t be in the mess of writing the paper the week it’s due.

4. CITE SOURCES ALONG THE WAY

The longest process of senior paper is the research. Seniors acquire many sources needing to be cited at the end of the paper, so they need to make sure to cite their sources along the way. In doing this, they won’t lose sources during the chaos of the semester.

5. DON’T GET DOWN

Senior paper is hard, but not impossible. A good attitude will make this experience more enjoyable for the senior. Students should be excited to do this because it’s a chance for them to write about whatever topic they want in relation to their major. Once they complete senior paper, they’re one step closer to graduating.

Story by Kelsey Luetjen, Courtesy Photo 

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