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March Update: Defense Date and the Ever Continuous Writing Process

By • Mar 18th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I cannot believe that it is less than a month until my thesis is due. It is a very odd thing looking back over outlines and completed chapters or chapter drafts and realizing that this is the manifestation of nearly two years of research. Two years of pouring over countless secondary sources, memoirs, and hundreds…
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February Update: Making Headway on Writing

By • Feb 19th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since my last update, I have made quite a bit of progress on the remainder of my thesis. Although applying for jobs and this semester’s schoolwork have set me back a little bit, I am relatively happy with the progress I have made, especially considering the major concept changes I described in my last post.…
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January Update: Minor Concept Changes and Writing Goals

By • Jan 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since I returned back from winter break, there have been numerous developments to my thesis. First, my thesis advisor and I went through his comments for the chapter I wrote on film portrayals of social identity. I was happy to see such thorough comments on the draft, as after working on the chapter for nearly…
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December Update: Reflection on Thesis Writing Progress and Plans for Break

By • Dec 22nd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since August, I have completed nearly twenty pages of my thesis. Earlier in the semester, I focused primarily on creating a skeletal outline of how I wanted my thesis to look. As I was still trying to figure out how many chapters I want to have in my thesis, this stage of the writing progress…
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November Update: Completing a Draft of my Film Chapter

By • Nov 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since my October update, I have completed the rough draft for one of my chapters for my honors thesis. Although it is not my first chapter, I decided to work on the chapter focusing on film representations of the Royal Flying Corps because I was most familiar with these sources and had thorough notes prepared…
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October Update: Continued Research and Honors Thesis Chapters Outline

By • Oct 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since my last post, I have gone through a lot of logistical planning for my honors thesis. A lot of work on my honors thesis this month consisted of thinking about how I want to approach my first honors thesis draft. Honestly, taking my honors seminar (a class focused on the different components of a…
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A Student’s Perspective of the Royal Air Force Museum Archives

By • Sep 13th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After my second research visit to the RAF Museum back in June, I was asked if I would be interested in writing a short piece about my experience at the Museum’s archives. I agreed to write the piece as not only did I enjoy my time at the archives, but it would also be a…
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August Update: Research Connections, Popular Culture, and Social Identity Theory

By • Aug 14th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Although we are only nearly half-way through August, this month has been an interesting one in guiding the focus of my thesis writing. In my last blog post, in which I said my main focus for the month of August was literature (fiction and memoirs), I provided the “guidelines” I use to approach these sources.…
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Reading Between the Lines: How I Approach Royal Flying Corps Literature as Social Commentary

By • Jul 22nd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before I made a post about the individual sources I consulted in my research so far, I though it would be best to outline how I approach the different types of Royal Flying Corps primary literature. This primary literature is composed of two major genres: memoirs and fiction. Memoirs Although many of the memoirs in…
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Research Update: June in Review and Goals for July

By • Jul 9th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Ever since I got back from England on June 8, things have been very hectic. After losing a week of focused research during a family vacation, I have spent the past few weeks scheduling research appointments, ordering more sources, and preparing to start a part time job on my local historical society’s new oral history…
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