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    Gregory Dowell
    Dec 3, '08 6:38 PM EST

    We were notified today that next semester's "thesis" studio will be run as a superstudio with all 30 graduate students working in the same space with three professors who are not assigned to any particular group. I'm sure it won't be as powerful or as efficient as a supercomputer, but I like the idea.

    Not only have I been working on my thesis design project proposal for the whole semester, but through the research methods course I've been exposed to a large number of my colleagues proposals and I'm anxious to see their solutions to the proposed problems.

    There's a lot to be learned from my colleagues even if their thesis doesn't seem to relate in any way to my own. I'm quite curious to see how some projects resolve the proposed problems. And as much as I love my topic of inquiry, I do need step away from it every now and then. Being around all the other students will allow such an escape.

    But now is not one of those times. The final draft is due in a week, and there's a lot of work still to do. It's just like a studio project, it may have a due date, but its never finished. There will reach a point when what's on the paper will have to be good enough and any changes will have to come next semester as I further define the problem as I search for my solution.

    I came across quite a few relevant articles and journal entries today. So the task for tonight is to filter through the information, take what's important, and cultivate it for my own proposal.

    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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