i used this in my undergraduate capstone final

“There looms, within abjection, one of those violent, dark revolts of being, directed against a threat that seems to emanate from an exorbitant outside or inside, ejected beyond the scope of the possible, the tolerable, the thinkable. It lies there, quite close, but it cannot be assimilated. It beseeches, worries, and fascinates desire, which, nevertheless, does not let itself be seduced. Apprehensive, desire turns aside; sickened, it rejects. A certainty protects it from the shameful - a certainty of which it is proud holds on to it. But simultaneously, just the same, that impetus, that spasm, that leap is drawn toward an elsewhere as tempting as it is condemned. Unflaggingly, like an inescapable boomerang, a vortex of summons and repulsion places the one haunted by it literally beside himself." 

-Julia Kristeva

Capstone, Thesis, Dissertation

Hey Stateside tumblrians, @memprime and I are having a discussion about undergraduate degree experiences and they’re pretty surprised that I did a “capstone” as a final project for undergrad. My school actually called it a thesis but that’s usually only applied to Master’s programs, so I started using Capstone, which I thought was a standard thing for undergrad. At my school, every major had a capstone their students had to pass in order to get their BA, either a project or a major paper or an internship. But this seems like maybe it’s not the case for most schools? 

So – I went to a tiny lib-arts school in the pacific northwest, mid-tier at best, and took a major in Theatre where I wrote a play and directed a staged reading of it in order to graduate. Did I have a totally weird undergrad experience? Did you have to do a final project of some kind or take a massive exam for your major in order to graduate? 

(Feel free to name where you went to school or what degree you got, but don’t feel obliged.)