I have halted the revision of my thesis–! It’s due on Monday, for Pete’s sake. There’s not much I can do within the next four days to improve the thing substantially. And I personally think it’s better for me to set the pieces aside and revise them further a few weeks later, after I’ve digested some, after gaining distance, after the semester’s ended. So–I’ve decided: it’s “DONE.”
Now I’m trying to choose fonts. My thesis length is short. We’re allowed to choose between Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier. I’ve always just used Times New Roman. But suddenly! Suddenly, I’m actually paying attention to fonts! (Why? I don’t know. It’s thesis neurosis).
I’ve played around with how the fonts impact thesis length. In Times New Roman, my manuscript is about 8 pages short of minimum thesis length. In Arial, it’s 2 pages short of minimum thesis length. In Courier font, it’s about 16 pages over minimum thesis length.
I don’t think anyone cares about thesis length, so long as it’s within range–my thesis reader, along with my thesis director, have already approved the darn thing anyway. But-but-but (and here comes the thesis font neurosis)…what font should I use?
Courier, I hear, is industry standard for manuscripts (but it’s sort of…plain). But Times is what I’m used to (but again, it makes my thesis look REALLY short–NOT THAT IT MATTERS). Arial is pretty (and takes me within 2 pages of thesis page minimum, NOT THAT IT MATTERS), but it somehow looks less “standard.”
Okay. So here it is. I’ve got several days to resolve this issue. WHICH FONT TO USE FOR MY THESIS? I will seriously take the most popular vote here, because I can’t take the font angst anymore! I throw it out to you to decide.