Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Julian '20

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Bosque seniors undertake a yearlong independent research project and deliver their findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in a public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 13 and 14, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into these student-researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Julian ‘20
Friendship between teenage boys at Bosque School.

About Julian’s Thesis:
Julian is investigating the friendship strength of junior and senior boys at Bosque School, and how Bosque’s curriculum and non-curricular messaging affects adolescent male friendships. Julian argues that adolescent boys consistently show signs of lesser friendship quality than adolescent girls, as measured by closeness, willingness to self-disclose secrets, time spent together each day, and willingness to talk about emotions. Julian will be conducting a survey of junior and senior boys and girls for his fieldwork. Bosque is different from other settings because of the emphasis on social-emotional learning, and this project will examine how effective that emphasis has been, if at all.

Julian is studying this topic because he has noticed differences in how he interacts with his male friends versus how girls interact with their female friends. He wants to get the root of what makes it so that boys have less-fulfilled friendships, in an effort to build stronger friendships with his male friends.

Researcher Bio:
Julian is the co-president of Student Government. He has been in Model UN for four years, and is currently the co-president. He has been on the Judicial Committee since junior year and has been in Bosque’s musicals since the 7th grade. He was a founding member of Bosque’s Mock Trial team and is optimistic that his team can win state this year. He plans on studying government in college.