USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


In Too Deep

First Advisor

Thesis Director: Amy Sauers, Ph.D. Adjunct Marketing Professor, Kate Tiedemann College of Business

Second Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: John Jay Boda, MFA

Third Advisor

Thesis Committee Member: Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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In the reflection, it gives an account of my life and habits before the beginning of the thesis courses. Then, I review my decision to choose a creative project and write the screenplay. Next, I speak about the process used and the struggles that I encountered during the first semester of writing the screenplay.

I subsequently address how the addition of Jay Boda to my writing team and a few experiences I underwent really bolstered my confidence during the second semester. A summary of how this confidence helped me, not only with the story, but with everything in my life during this second semester is shared next. The final ideas of the reflection forecast how I will continue forward in my creative works in the future. This is followed by the thesis itself, my screenplay.

Stories are a way someone can experience something completely different through fairly simple means, by sitting and watching or reading at their convenience. Movies and novels have inspired people of all ages and broadened countless minds. The screenplay that I created is one of fear and psychological struggle.

We all face struggles in our lives, and this thriller dramatizes a time of psychological stress in a young man’s life as he struggles to gather what he wants from life and how to deal with how his life has gone so far. This story was created in hope that it can help others experience a new point of view and that it may inspire other creative minds to share their stories as well.

The screenplay is a story of Jon, an English professor in his mid-twenties. Jon struggles with commitment to his fiancé Daisy and his temptations for his past love, Alex. The screenplay is a journey through his experiences and mental state during this stressful time in his life.


A thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

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