I can almost touch you

So, I gave you a fitness update on the Adventures of Dawn but there’s the school update, too.

The news here is all good. Which means this is going to be a very short post.

I don’t actually know how many of you glorious people out there know anything about the process of getting a Ph.D. but basically the story is that I have now been admitted to Candidacy.

My status is ABD, which stands for All But Dissertation.

What all this means in plain English is that I have completed my coursework, I have completed all other requirements, and I have taken and passed my written and oral comprehensive exams.
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What a difference a day makes

Well, a year, actually.

I am in the second year of my graduate program and I would never have expected that to matter as much as it does.

For starters, I’m not crazed with massive amounts of reading this year. This is not to say there’s only a little of it; anthropology is a reading intensive subject, let’s face it. But I have amounts of reading to do that are actually humanly possible.

I like that.

At the same time, as a second year, I feel like I’m more involved with the mechanics of the department, and those sorts of politics have taken up a noticeable chunk of my time and neurons.

I’m not sure how I feel about that. 
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Move on down the line

I’ve been pretty quiet lately, haven’t I?

I knew I had but I didn’t realize just how quiet until I took a look and saw that my last post was from Arizona on the ides of March.

Needless to say, a few things have happened since then.

Classes are done. Papers have been handed in and exams have been graded. Graduation has happened. My first year of grad school is over. I am registered for my fall classes to launch my second year.

At this point, my thoughts go in half a dozen different directions.

I only have three years of coursework to do for this degree and I’m already finished with 1/3 of it. And next year will feel like I’m really getting somewhere because I’ll be getting my Master’s degree at the end of it. This time next year, I’ll probably be beside myself.

Well, I hope I won’t be too ridiculous about it. After all, the Master’s isn’t what I’m here for and the Master’s isn’t what I’ll be excited about, either.
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I just keep on trying

never-quit I am excited.

In less than a week, I’ll be boarding a plane to fly out to Arizona to visit with my daughters. While I’m there, I’ll make an opportunity to take a run over to Las Vegas to visit with Gina’s godmother, who has been a friend for 40 years (wow! @__@) and is one of my favorite people on the planet.

I will also get to meet the significant others of both my daughters. I gather they are both a tiny bit nervous but I know it will be fine. Truth to tell, I’m a tiny bit nervous, too.

It’ll be good.

I’m also excited because I’ll get to register for fall classes a couple of weeks after I get back from Arizona.

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