Academia is characterized as a bunch of nerds who take themselves too seriously and lack a sense of humor. All of those characteristics are not true. I’m an academic and proud. Right now I’m working on an undergraduate research paper exploring ways of incorporating technology into the classroom performance model of teaching Shakespeare at a K-12 level and possible at the college level as well.
That was a mouthful. Let me simplify it in the style of my favorite new blog, Lol My Thesis.
Want to make Shakespeare fun? Let students make Shakespeare memes, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts and get graded for them.
Lol My Thesis allows PhD students to vent about their projects and simplify subjects that seem overly academic into simple, humorous lines to share.
Here a little more about Lol My Thesis:
“[Lol My Thesis] was started in December 2013 by Angie, a senior at Harvard College studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.
Initially intended as a means of procrastination from [the Creator’s] thesis, this blog has documented some of the stress, hilarity, and chaos associated with undergraduate (and some post-graduate) theses.”
And with that, here are a few of my favorite Lol Thesis posts.
“Disney is fucked up, let me count the ways.”
Race Studies (English), University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
“So a couple of important guys decided that they wanted to own Rome, all of it. The result was Western Civilization and a lot of dead bodies.”
History, Stetson University.
“Dante was entirely too optimistic about the afterlife.”
Literature, University of Northumbria
“Turns out my 3 years of research made zero ripples in reproductive biology. But spending 3 years researching bull sperm serves as a great first date and bar topic.”
Reproductive Biology & Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
“If you write sonnets, you may or may not be in love.”
“Blogs are almost definitely gonna be a thing.”
Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.
Lol My Thesis has tons of these. So learn from these academics and don’t take your work too seriously. If you find yourself stuck or frustrated, summarize your work into a humorous and short line to relieve some of the stress and pressures of writing.
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