The Last Four Years: an Honors Thesis

Graduation is less than three months away, which means seniors are hard at work with their final project: the thesis.  Some have opted for the traditional route, while others are taking on more work and tackling an honors thesis.  Maria Symons is doing just that.  What exactly has she been working on?  Read on to find out:

After a creative nonfiction course with Professor Fallon this last fall, I thought I would try my hand at a collection of memoir style pieces for my honors thesis. As simple as it may seem, the line between fiction and nonfiction can be a blurry one, and I have loved being able to explore the gray area around nonfiction in my own writing and research. This semester I have been working with Dr. Mattison to put together the pieces of my college experience—to write about the best, the worst, and the ugliest parts of my four years at Witt.maria-in-germany I’m hoping to tackle a project something akin to Geoff Dyer’s Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, a collection of nonfiction essays that speak to the author’s own formative experiences. I’ve gotten to tell some of my favorite and most embarrassing stories—from my first semester adjusting to college culture, to my semester abroad in Germany, and finally the crazy wind up to graduation. From here, I’ll be on the hunt for more works like Dyer’s, as well as scholars in conversation about the genre and its complexities.

And maybe a few more pens. I’m running out of ink.

– Maria Symons


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