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Be Supportive

An Honors thesis or project is a long process - often tedious, sometimes mysterious, frequently overwhelming, always stressful. It’s easy for students to give up, to believe they don’t have what it takes or that there’s no way they can finish it all. That’s where mentors take on another role - that of pep-talk-giver. It’s important that mentors help students realize that we’ve been down this road ourselves and that we really do understand how they feel. This is the time to tell them that everyone who’s ever done this kind of work has felt the same things, that they are smart enough, that they can see it through to the end. An Honors thesis or project is a lot of pressure that non-Honors students don’t have. If we want them to do a good job, sometimes we have to help revive their flagging energy and outlook.