18 Works in FAQ: The "Snake Fight" Portion of Your Thesis Defense - Luke Burns

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    In which there is father-son bonding, Loki sets out to do an impossible task, and Jormungandr describes his trip to China.

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    “WaitwaitwaitWAIT,” Crowley said, putting up both hands in a warding position. “Book Girl wants me to do what now?”

    Anathema has a thesis to defend; so she asks Crowley for a small favour.

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    goseaward's story, read aloud (10min).

    Alexandra -

    Not sure if you received this on the grad students list. The career center is holding a series of workshops on snake fighting for Ph.D. candidates. I know you were thinking about this. Again, I want to assure you that the snake fight isn't a big deal—every professor you've ever had has defeated a snake in single combat! But if you're still feeling concerned, perhaps these workshops would help you feel more prepared.

    Best,
    Julie

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    Q: Did the snake win?
    A: Yes.

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    A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (History) in the University of Michigan, 2018.

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    The story of how Ksora Azmidi prepared for and completed the snake fight portion of her thesis defense, complete with a valuable lesson on improvisation.

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    Please do not assume that selecting an ambitious, snake-related thesis topic would exempt you from the snake-fight portion of the thesis defense, nor would it influence the choice of snake.

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    It is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and a student needs a snake for her defense.

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    You had to fight a big snake for your thesis defense. One of the largest ones you'd ever seen—and you'd attended plenty of defenses, seen the fear in the doctoral candidates' eyes as they sought out their snake in the shadows. You don't actually know if it's the biggest snake the facilities department had to offer, because they don't like to give out that much information. But it was a very big snake indeed.

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    Someone from the student newspaper interviews Mr Wright, the person who takes care of the snakes for the university and finds the right one for the Snake Fight Portion of Your Thesis Defence.

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    How a postgrad student in her third year was beset with yet another logistical failure that prevented her from doing any actual science and how she decided to just go fuck up a snake instead.

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    Alexandra -

    Not sure if you received this on the grad students list. The career center is holding a series of workshops on snake fighting for Ph.D. candidates. I know you were thinking about this. Again, I want to assure you that the snake fight isn't a big deal—every professor you've ever had has defeated a snake in single combat! But if you're still feeling concerned, perhaps these workshops would help you feel more prepared.

    Best,
    Julie

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    I wasn't worried about Allie's thesis defense. She had her sword and a powerful magical charm, and her thesis advisor liked her. But I only had two of those three things going for me.

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    It was only her first day working the snake hall, and already it was the best campus job Natalie had ever had.

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    University websites really like to bury the useful information, like the FAQs that admit you will be fighting a snake in the arena of knowledge.

    Also: Snake + Thesis = Snesis

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    "Ms Maeve Owen will be defending her dissertation at 9:00am in the Alfred Hall. You will be attacking at 9:30. Please be punctual."

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    In order to prevent “frivolous disputations unbefitting the history of our institution” (read: “some kid getting way in over their head, dying, and us getting sued,”) you couldn’t just walk in and demand to fight a snake.

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    Dear azvin,
    In response to the final portion of your letter, I have attached the relevant excerpt from the Yuletide FAQ. Unfortunately, it is all the information I can give you.
    Sincerely,
    Your Lovely Yuletide Author

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