I defended my thesis today in front of my advisor, reader and an audience of my peers. My thesis considers the impact of new technologies on communication methods, specifically the impact of Facebook on college students’ methods of interaction, both in the online and offline worlds. I gave a solid presentation and was awarded “distinction” for my research, which gives me a great sense of satisfaction. Apparently, six months of hard work, research and writing non-stop can actually pay off. I’ll post the link once the final version is online, and hopefully I’ll be able to publish my work in a major journal by year-end. I’ll certainly be continuing this strain of research over the next several years as I pursue my PhD at Michigan State. w00t!