Snake fighting is one of the great traditions of higher education. Although if you get a poisonous snake, it often means that there was a problem with the formatting of your bibliography. Just the right blend of absurd and serious that I needed. This is just what I needed. For once, it didn’t get overdone at the end; it just kept up the premise all the way through. The piece was funny on it’s own but I have no knowledge of academia. Does everyone fight the same snake?
Does my thesis adviser pick the snake? It may seem somewhat antiquated and silly, like the robes we wear at graduation, but fighting a snake is an important part of the history and culture of every reputable university. The serpent fell over dead on the spot. If you get an anaconda you would be in trouble!!! When and where do I fight the snake?
Would someone who wrote a bad thesis and defeated a large snake get the same grade as someone who wrote a good thesis and defeated a small snake? But in that case the snake would be very big.
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The fight generally starts after you have finished answering questions about your thesis. Do I have to kill the snake?
If you get an anaconda you would be in trouble!!! Come to think of it, my bibliography wasn’t awesome. There were no snakes at my defense. Why do I have to do this? Thursday, Jul 5,7: One of those metaphorically, surrealistically, impressionisitic truths Lindsay Beyerstein is an award-winning disssrtation journalist and In These Times staff writer who writes the blog Duly Noted.
“A Guide to the ‘Snake Fight’ Portion of Your PhD Dissertation”
You fight the snake in the room you have reserved for your defense. Posted by Fred on Does the school have some kind of pit or arena for snake fights? I defended my master’s thesis during a tornado.
Notable figures such mscweeneys John Foster Dulles, Philip Roth, and Doris Kearns Goodwin to name but a few have all had to defeat at least one snake in single combat. I think that that is what Wittgenstein did. Thanks so much for this!
Mouse over for joke-ruining spoiler posted by shii at 8: We have lots of different snakes. Okay, that got a guffaw. Magazineand other publications. Posted by My name on That almost never happens. Although if you get a poisonous snake, it often means that there was a problem with the formatting of your bibliography I should be set then because my bibliography was A HUGE and B perfect. At University of Chicago we had to defeat our colleagues. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake.
FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snaks. For example, here is a FAQ on preparing for the “snake fight” portion of your thesis defense. As of now, though, I’m less worried about the snake and more worried my readers can follow the argument. Are the snakes big?
Could the snake kill me? Truth be told, much more disturbing than the snake during my dissertation defense was the clown also the departmental wine steward. Posted by Wilbraham on What is the snake a metaphor for? The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight.