How did I finish my thesis in a month?

I studied Economics, a career in which you can succeed regardless of whether you are very smart or if you are an average student, even if you have a low Intellectual Coefficient.

I finished academically in 2013, but I lacked an important detail to title me: the thesis.

Fortunately, I lived in my parents’ house and had no obligation. They always told me: “Your only commitment is to study.” Apparently I took this message very seriously and got into this final phase of my career.

I had never written a degree work as such, but I did like research, and had won some competitions and participated in papers with some of their own studies.

I started writing my thesis at the end of September (2013). Because I was relaxed and carefree at home, I spent more than 3 hours a day researching my subject, which I had selected because it was my favorite throughout the race.

I asked Professor Jorge as an advisor, taking into account that he not only had experience in the subject (International Trade), but that I almost always saw him in the corridors because he had little academic load, which I related that he would have plenty of time available to advise me.

The thesis proposal had already been delivered and approved since August, so I already had some progress on the topic. It is well known that there is abundant literature and figures about international trade, so that would not be a problem. Additionally, the type of research he had selected was descriptive, like most undergraduate theses.

The truth is that the support of my advisor was fundamental, because it helped me a lot in the organizational aspects of my thesis, for example, the first thing he recommended was to build a chronogram and fulfill it to the letter.

My parents’ house has an immense patio where there are several trees that give a delicious shade, this was the place I chose to sit down daily with my laptop to advance my thesis, because there was little noise and I concentrated.

In these days I sometimes played just reading, other times reading and then writing, and on few occasions I just wrote. The truth is that every week I sent my progress via e-mail to the advisor, 3 or 4 days later he answered me with the points to correct and we went there.

With the dedication and effort that I put, I managed to write between 2 and 3 pages per day. One of the main keys to achieve this is that I never worried about aspects such as looking for the way in which a certain word was written (I was satisfied with the Word corrector), adding sophisticated linguistic connectors in each paragraph, finding out how to use the semicolon (;), look at how a website is cited in APA, etc .; since my adviser from our initial meeting made me very clear that this would divert my attention and delay the most important, namely: research. He suggested that in the end I hire the services of a style editor to improve those points professionally.

I remember that on two occasions I had to call my advisor because it had been 5 days and he did not give me feedback on what I had sent him. I was always very judicious and receptive with what he recommended me, I knew he handled the issue, because he had already advised other colleagues and knew what is usually assessed by the juries; that’s why I paid close attention to his suggestions.

Not knowing when it happened, the last week of October arrived (5 weeks after it started) and I already had an 80-page document, including the preliminary pages, ready to be delivered to my faculty to be assessed by the incognito jurors. Officially I had my thesis ready in 1 month (5 weeks)!

Two weeks later I went to withdraw the evaluation of the juries in my faculty, to my surprise, I had not yet defined the date of support in the folder. The reason: some corrections were pending.

When I arrived at my house I saw that there were several quotes that were in my thesis with some authors that the juries disliked, the appointments were: (Wikipedia, sf), (Rincón del Vago, 2013), (Good Tasks, 2010 ) and (Monografías.com, 2012), as well as spelling and grammatical failures; small mistakes that did not prevent my research from being approved. But fortunately those aspects already had them under control, thanks to the fact that he had spoken with a style editor.

Therefore, despite the fact that for that little detail I did not have a support date for the beginning of December and I had to wait until February; from that moment I stopped worrying about the thesis.

By way of reflection, I believe that the achievement I achieved was thanks to the fact that I selected my advisor, I spent time on a daily basis and in a disciplined way (I had no children or work), I had a certain knowledge of the subject, I concentrated 100% on the content of the investigation and there was a lot of material to consult on the web.

So ends my story with the thesis, I consider it a great achievement if you bear in mind that I met colleagues who lasted more than a year doing their degree work, for various reasons. At the graduate level there are cases of people who last up to 5 years doing their thesis. I humbly believe that everyone who is in the advantageous situation that I was able to achieve it. In turn, I think that those who have children or work could achieve it in 3 to 5 months.