On Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th, the CGU Writing Center had its first official Dissertation Boot Camp, open to all students at CGU who are ABD and working on their dissertations. The camp filled almost immediately, so there is really a demand at CGU for this type of event.
CGU's Writing Center and Yale's Graduate Writing Center are some of the only graduate-only writing centers in the U.S.) Tara met with the center's director, Elena Kallestinova, who told her about Yale's Dissertation Boot Camp. Tara liked the idea so much, she brought it back to CGU!
Campers arrived early in the morning (8 a.m.!) and staked out workspaces in one of the Writing Center's rooms.
All of the tables were covered in butcher paper so that you could jot down ideas, sketch, or write notes to yourself throughout the day.
One room had background music playing, the others were silent. Tutors Tara and Eric worked in the front room, making camp near a cabinet and on the sofa.
Like the earlier test run, the boot camp featured a very Californian take on the typical boot camp experience....yoga under the oak trees and fresh sushi!
On Saturday, Nancy Sassman lead the group in a one hour yoga session.
On Sunday, boot camper Marie lead the group.
After stretching and relaxing, it was back to work!
A common sight during Affirmation Frisbee...picking up the frisbee.
It was a very productive weekend for everyone! The Boot Camp was so popular, we hope to offer it at least once a semester in the future. Stay tuned for the next one!