Well it's getting to that time in the school semester when students are compelled to write term papers and prepare for exams, so I was wondering what kind of papers my fellow students here on the forums are writing this semester.
I currently have two papers in the works, both due next Wednesday. The first I am writing is about relations between the British Empire and the Afrikaner states in South Africa in the 19th century, it's for a fourth-year seminar course about colonial history and its roughly 18-20 pages in length. I lucked out in terms of topics for the paper because just about everyone in the class is writing about British India, so I don't have to contend with people for sources from the library. My biggest issue with the paper so far has been my focus on the political-economy aspect while the teacher seems to prefer on a more cultural history focus (cultural history is really blah IMO).
The second paper I'm writing (hopefully starting Saturday or Sunday) is about Canadian nuclear weapons policy during the Cold War, for a course about the history of Canadian-American relations. This paper is only 4000 words, or roughly 14-15 pages in length, but I'm a little behind on the research for it. I'm pretty much willing to take a 10% penalty on the grade of the paper should I hand it in late on Friday, but it depends on how much I can get done and if I stress out like crazy. I'm hoping no one poaches my sources from the library, I would have taken the books out earlier but I've reached my limit as it is with books for my other paper.
So, what kind of papers/assignments are y'all working on these days?
At the moment, some rootkit research for security class, a nonsensical white paper for technical writing AKA forest safety advertisement as it's being taught, some test plans for a software engineering project, aaaand just chugging along in an algorithms class. So, this semester is definitely winding down a bit.
Otherwise I just started on an OS hardening project to implement for strategic use next year (this is of my own accord) and I'm super stoked to be signed up for Cryptography next semester :D
Octovon;5627718My biggest issue with the paper so far has been my focus on the political-economy aspect while the teacher seems to prefer on a more cultural history focus (cultural history is really blah IMO).
Well that's your problem, because cultural history is awesome! Most of my papers revolved around something cultural. My big 20 page capstone was on Soviet housing.