Read My First Grad Paper (It Earned an A Minus)

A few weeks ago I turned in my first Graduate level paper. The week before the paper was due, the professor told us about his big writeup and how his editors mauled it crossing out entire paragraphs.  Luckily he took pity on me and even with all his markings I still earned an A-!!! You can read the marked up masterpiece below:

History 500 Paper 1 Graded

If you would like to read my paper without all the markings, click here.

Next up on the paper list is Manliness & Civilization, by Gail Bederman.

Thinking About Theses

Now that school as restarted, I need to start thinking about my thesis. In the Master in History program I have two thesis options: writing a 100 page paper or filming a documentary with a shorter write up. The documentary option originally drew me to the program and I do enjoy filming and editing, so this is the direction I am leaning.

The hard part will be settling on a topic. It must be exciting and interesting enough to keep my attention so that I do not drag the process out for semesters on end. One option would be to write or film a topic involving aviation. With an entire museum and its wealth of knowledge at my finger tips I could be doing myself a favor. However, in undergrad I did enjoy studying Pre-Colombian Latin America. As of right now, only aviation themed topics have come to mind.

Because of this dilemma, I have created a new page on this blog dedicated to my thesis ideas. Take a look at the page and tell me what you think or any ideas you might have. You read my ideas so far by clicking the link at the top of the page or clicking here.

Steph’s Masters Presentation

Stephanie may have finished her Masters schooling weeks ago but I have finally edited her final presentation for her Masters. Instead of a thesis she presented Action Research Project at a symposium hosted by the University of San Diego. Her presentation lasts about 20 minutes so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!


Steph’s Masters Presentation from Brent Bernasconi on Vimeo.