“Do you might have a thesis statement?” I requested Mike during our coaching session.
He paused, after which asked hesitantly:
“A thesis statement? I am doing the job on my slides, not my thesis draft.”
Mike was getting ready for his committee assembly to defend his thesis proposal.
He had used months planning his slides, and his largest dread was that he would not know the solution to some committee member’s concern.
Mike, like most students, did not choose to “fail” his thesis proposal protection or be humiliated before his committee.
Nevertheless, he used his time creating micro-adjustments to his slides, rather than defining one of the most essential aspect of his presentation: his thesis statement.
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