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GSBMS Thesis Prep

Guideline for students writing a Literature Review, M.S. Thesis or Dissertation PhD.

From Umberto Eco in How to Write a Thesis


Inspiring words from Umberto Eco in his book, How to Write a Thesis, which is available in our library.


"First, writing a thesis should be fun. Second, writing a thesis is like cooking a pig: nothing goes to waste."

"What really matters is that you write your thesis with gusto. If you choose a topic that interests you, and if you truly dedicate to your thesis the time you have allotted, however short (we have set a minimum of six months), you will experience the thesis as a game, as a bet, or as a treasure hunt."

"This is the sign that the thesis has activated your intellectual metabolism, and that it has been a positive experience."

" may realize that you have a calling for research, that the thesis was not simply the means to a degree, and the degree was not simply the means to career advancement, or to please your parents."

"Your thesis is like your first love: it will be difficult to forget. In the end, it will represent your first serious and rigorous academic work, and this is no small thing."

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