Category: grad school

Well, I made it. Almost.

I didn’t intend to take such a long break since my last post, but given the nature of the topic, I think it’s understandable. This is finals week at my university and so I’m nearly there!

I have two great pieces of news – the first is that I successfully defended my MA thesis earlier this week. I have revisions to complete, which, while expected, also makes me want to cry a bit. But that’s one more step closer to really being done. And I have a month and a half to make those revisions. I can handle that.

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Will I make it out of grad school alive?

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while; I’ve just had some thoughts that I want to get down somewhere. It’s very personal as in, this is my experience and yours may be very different, but I just wanted to blog a bit about grad school, its effect on me, and some decisions I have made lately.

This is my final semester of graduate school, as I am finishing my thesis and will defend in the next couple of months. I am in a program right now that gives 2 MA degrees in three years, so when I’m done I’ll have two BAs, two MAs, and a whole lot of student loan debt! Yay! I’m excited to join the ranks of over-qualified and under-employed workers.

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Reading plans for 2016

First off I want to say that I have just under two weeks now until the spring semester begins and I am having the hardest time getting motivated to work on my thesis. All I can do right now is write the lit review and the methodology, which I basically already did when I wrote the proposal. I can’t collect any data until the semester begins, and no data collection = no data analysis = no writing those sections whatsoever. So that means two things: A) I probably won’t graduate until the summer, but that’s fine, and B) I just don’t wanna do the things right now. Sure, my lit review needs work and I need to change the methodology from “here is what I propose doing” to “here is what I am doing”, but I have all next week to do that! Right?

On to the bookish things… partly as a way to procrastinate, I have been thinking a lot lately about my reading, how it can be better, how I can spend less, how I can get to books I really want to read, things like that. I’ve also been thinking about ways that I can write more without taking too much time, so there might be some small changes here, but hopefully they will make it so that I can post more often about more books. Over the summer I read about 40 books and wrote about nearly all of them. Then from September through December I read 22 books and only wrote about 4 or 5 of them.

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How semesters effectively put my life on hold

So today marks the beginning of the year at my university. I’m sure this is nothing new to others who study/work in higher education, but it can be a real time sucker.

Usually at the beginning of the week I have the whole week’s worth of posts written and scheduled, but this past week I haven’t read a single book. My total for August is still pretty good (somewhere around 13 books) but I have definitely been impeded, shall we say, since I had to start preparing for this semester in earnest.

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