As we all know, college is great. But there are certain assignments that seem ridiculously and unfathomably dull. Literature reviews fall under this category.
These 7- 13 page prequels to your actual paper are exactly that sort of senior seminar project that makes you kind of want to pull your hair out. You are not writing opinions, you are not writing about your project, and you are certainly not using a creative (or even stimulating) writing style. You are simply scrambling around the library desperately trying to find all the sources you used last semester before another communication major checks out that one book you "really needed" (and an apology to all you fandom people out there... haha J. Gray's book was mine!).
I'm researching Twilight fans for senior seminar, but I didn't want people to think I was on fan sites for hours at a time, just for kicks... so I made a little sign.
I had written a 14 page outline by Saturday, but the actual paper had not been started and Monday's due date was fast approaching. I can't decide if it's a good thing or a bad thing to be an over-detailed outliner, but that's just how I work. If it isn't organized, it isn't happening.
Late nights at the Middle House.
And early mornings...
At least she got a little nap?
I could go on about the all-nighter, or the printing fiasco, or the funny things that were said at 4am by my roommates. But instead I would love to tell you about all of the theorists and facts I leaned. Communication research is pivotal to academia, and its all-encompassing nature would be a blog post I'm sure you'd enjoy.
Just kidding. Maybe another time...
Instead, I'll give you a little peek at one of my procrastination tools. There is an online magazine, titled "Pictory." The theme of the website is to collect fascinating pictures + stories for different showcases throughout the year. If you would like to check it out, and procrastinate a little yourself, here is a link to the homepage: http://www.pictorymag.com/
So the bad news:
I stayed up all night for a Lit Review, and I was told the majority of people will get a C or a D on it.
The good news:
I had a blast with my roommates and submit an Ireland picture to the "Local Flavor" category on Pictory. Today I saw that I was accepted! See professors and parents? Procrastination totally pays off.
Of course I haven't quite gotten the grade back for the lit review yet...
The winning picture! To see the full article go to http://www.pictorymag.com/showcases/local-flavor/.
It's number 25.