I have discussed this in earlier blog posts, but it’s time for me to really explain about senior seminar. It doesn’t help that it is all I can think about right now as I work on it every spare minute.
For each major on campus, you have a culminating capstone that demonstrates everything you have learned during your four years. Senior seminar is the capstone course for Communication majors. In this course, you complete an original research project. Everything from the topic to the presentation is determined by you with help from your professor.
It is important to pick a topic that both shows your wide base of communication knowledge but is also one that is doable for one semester. It also helps if you chose a topic that you can use in the future because it shows your abilities to a potential employer or graduate school.
Right now I have outlined by project, collected research, and have everything ready to begin data collection. Data collection for my study is interviews. Once I start to have data, everything will fall into place and it will be a matter of analyzing and using it to answer my research question.
The research paper is due at the end of April so it is almost crunch time. I have a paper to write and a presentation to plan that will be in front of the McDaniel community. I am really excited to be done and look back on all of my hard work.
Friday was not just a regular day. It was also 100 days until graduation!!!!!!
With posters displayed on every door congratulating us throughout campus, and letters wishing us well in our mailboxes, the seniors were on top of the world this Friday. The Alumni Office helped us celebrate with free cupcakes and sunglasses, and a raffle to win a free ticket to a senior week event.
My mom, meanwhile, helped me celebrate by sending me a picture of a job advertisement in a newspaper at home. In denial, I decided to pretend that never happened.
My friends and I, who have known each other since the second day of freshmen year, spent a good part of the afternoon reminiscing on some of the things that have happened these past four years, looking at pictures and having a lot of laughs. For dinner, we went out for sushi to celebrate this milestone.
I am not as freaked out about this as I originally thought I would be when I wrote it on my calendar back in August, which is shocking considering I have 100 days to figure out the rest of my life. Maybe by the time we hit 50 days it will feel more real…
I can’t breathe because I just completed my last ever class registration here at McDaniel. It seems surreal that the groundwork for my last semester of undergraduate is already done. Registration comes right on the heels of our 200 Days Until Graduation, a countdown we were reminded of Tuesday by the alumni office.
My spring semester is not a surprise by any means. I’ve known what I’ve had to take since spring of my junior year. However, registration will always be remembered as some of the most stressful evenings of my life, waiting and hoping to get the classes and the perfect schedule that you planned out.
With a major and two minors, I easily met my credit requirements. The only classes I have left to take are another upper level communication class, my senior seminar for my Communication major, and a multicultural class for the McDaniel plan. I’m taking Native American Art with one of my roommates to fulfill that requirement, which should be interesting because I’ve yet to take an art class here.
I am looking forward to my small, 12 credit schedule, complete with no Friday classes. I think that I worked hard in order to have an easier senior semester and I plan on enjoying my last few months here. However, I should also have lots of time to work on my senior seminar as well as apply to big girl jobs for after graduation.