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April 24, 2014



In the Home Stretch

When you’ve been working for something long enough, sometimes it can seem to be nearly impossible when you reach the end of your work and are about to enjoy your rewards.  Whether it’s working to reach retirement, building your website into a financial giant, or having a baby, sometimes it seems you spend so much time waiting for it to happen that when you finally reach the end of your wait, it doesn’t seem possible.

Such is the case with my coming graduation.  Admittedly, I’ve only been going to grad school for the past two years (and not even that, as I started in August of 2010), but it’s still been a reasonably long time.  And now I can start to see how things will finish for me; my last final is a week from today, I will teach my last lab this Thursday, and within the next two weeks, I will have my final grades turned in.

It's been a fairly long race, but the finish line is in sight.

This is not the end of my Master’s Degree journey, though, as I need to finish my research, write up a thesis (which I have started, but which still needs much fleshing out), and then defend said thesis.  (And as the race to finish my Master’s Degree winds down, my race to find a good job to support my family is only getting started.)  Still, most of the graduate school responsibilities that are not directly related to my thesis will be disappearing in the next two weeks, leaving me with much more time (and flexibility).  Expect to see a lot more of me, on this blog and throughout the blogosphere.

Still, the next two weeks will be pretty busy, to say the least.  Apologies in advance if I miss an update or take longer than usual to respond to a comment.  Thanks for the understanding, and wish me luck!

Comments

  1. This is going to be an awesome feeling, trust me. Congrats on your progress so far. You are doing great. Soon enough you will be done everything, including defending your thesis.

    I wish I could say I was close to finishing. I seem to be getting slower as each year goes by. Eventually I will walk the red carpet though.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Miss T. I know it’s going to feel wonderful, although when I sit down this weekend, looking at dozens of papers to grade, tests to study for, and more pages of a thesis to write than I even want to think about, it does seems a little rough. That said, I’m sure I will finish, and I’m sure you will, as well.

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