Friday, 20 April 2012

Why Doing an Honours Thesis Makes You Pretty Much Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I'm a bit late to the party, seeing as I only started watching Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer late last year.  In the 1990s, when it was on, I was aware of it only because I was friends with a girl who once sang the entire score to "Once More With Feeling" to me in the bathroom of my house.  That being said, I doubt I would have appreciated the show so much back then as I do now.  One disc out from the finale, I bring to you this revelation.

Doing Honours Makes you Pretty Much A Vampire Slayer.  True story.

And here is why.

1.  You are tackling a very specific problem in your thesis.  Only you have the necessary 'tools' to tackle this problem.  Sometimes it feels like this thesis topic vampire really does want to suck your blood.

2.  You have a Watcher.  He or she calls themselves a Supervisor.  Sometimes they may even be British.

3.  Your library card is like your stake.  From now on, you should refer to it as Mr. Swipey.

4.  At regular intervals you are required to defeat evil assignments.  Sometimes these may seem bad but you always beat them, even if you come off worse for wear.  Soon, you will have to defeat the First evil... your dissertation... the evil which made all the other evils exist.

5. You have a lovable group of friends who help you in your fight against this evil.  Each one has their own special skill set.  But only you can truly tackle your special problem, your "vampire" or "thesis topic".

6. Every major battle begins with research- after all, how else are you to know what you are dealing with, and how others have dealt with it before?- and your home base is a library.

7. You were 'called' to do this job.  As an undergrad, you were blissfully unaware of the trials awaiting you.  Then, you were invited to do Honours.  Some turned their backs on the responsibility but you faced it.

8. Unfortunately, your special calling does not come with a pay check and you are forced to work a day job.

9. A lot of your best work is done at night.

10. Every little thing seems like the end of the world....

Convinced?  No?  Fine.  Here's Anya singing about bunnies.


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