“Lol My Thesis” Illuminates Academic Achievement


If you had to sum up your undergraduate thesis in one sentence, what would you say?

That’s the question posed by the Tumblr Lol My Thesis, and the answers are…pretty amazing.

Recent examples include “Italian has 23 mutually unintelligible dialects, not including hand gestures” (Romance linguistics, University of Washington), “Computers will do what you tell them to do, not what you want them to do” (mechanical engineering, Yale), and “Crack was indeed whack” (history, Columbia University).

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →