While Harrison ultimately chooses to remain in the class, such conferences motivate several more students to drop, including the only two females: [Elizabeth A] Cook ['10], who had looked forward to taking the class, and Laura P. Starkston ’10. “The problem was that I wasn’t prepared to think that abstractly,” Cook says. “Gaitsgory pointed it out to me in our private conference. Eventually I just got the picture.”
What exactly does 'abstract' signify here? What makes the thinking 'that abstract'?