The close of this semester carries my thesis completion with it! This was a three-semester deep dive into art therapy research, with an added summer semester between proposal and project to let things percolate. It was intense and stretched me beyond my perceived capacities on several levels. However, it has been incredibly rewarding and inspiring.
In addition to accomplishing this capstone for my degree, I was humbled to receive the Outstanding Thesis Award from the School of Education of Psychology, and participated in the 19th Annual Thesis Interdisciplinary Conference at NDNU.
I also finished my thesis mandala, which is a visual representation of the hours spent writing my thesis. Starting from the center and working outward are color-coded tally marks to show the hours I spent toward Chapter 1, 2, 3, IRB, data collection, 4, 5, and final edits.