I am submitting my thesis tomorrow.

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For all the hype over submitting, thesis printing is extremely underwhelming.

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To you, it’s the end of an era.
To the printers, you are merely one of several submitters they’ve seen today.

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You spend four years poring over a great good thing.
And the last few hours battling basic formatting woes.

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There will be celebrations of sorts,
only after you’ve waited out the stench of carbon and the sound of machines.

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You express excitement and joy to all the service staff.
They mobilize routine affective customer service small talk.

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You think about all the text you left on the cutting board.
They tell you incorrect prints must be paid for.

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You secretly wish this was more momentous.
Undergrads crowding the printer just want you to be done ASAP.

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The printing is done.
You are underwhelmed.
Until you find new typos in the final copy.
Which would obviously happen.

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The end.

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