Some of the biggest challenges for seniors in the program have to do with reaching out to experts in their field of interest. This is a first time for many to send a formal email and then to follow up on a response or to give a nudge to even receive a response. Phone calls and interviews are all intimidating, at first, but with the practice of this year-long pursuit, seniors grow confident. This transformation is also evident in public speaking. In September, the idea of talking to a large group for 20 minutes seems impossible, but as with all of our special programs, the group support, and, in this case, practice, elevates students. Most kids present with nothing more than a notecard, and quite a few with no notes at all. They own their Essential Questions!
In your experience, what are some of the useful stepping stones in the Senior Thesis program?