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When I was in college, I had many brilliant professors and mentors. One of these professors was Dr. Vivian Chin; she was the thesis instructor for the Ethnic Studies senior thesis class. In the first week or so of class, we walked over to the Ethnic Studies Department office, and we each chose a thesis from a previous student. The assignment was to read through the thesis and take notes on what was done well, what could be better, etc.
It’s only a little nerve-wracking: as you read, you know that you are in the very class this person was taking and that if your title draws the attention of a future senior, they will be doing this same assignment of critiquing your paper. But it’s also really useful. There are a lot of things people can notice about a…
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