Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Day, Another A

Well, I can stop worrying. I just got back my last massive paper tonight, with a nice big 95% written at the top. This means my 4.0 is still solid - in fact, the only way not to get an A now in that particular class would be to suddenly stop doing my work. What a relief!

One of my professors invited those of us interested in pursuing a doctorate to stick around after class for a mini lecture on what we should be doing to prepare. It was, needless to say, a bit daunting. I'm still not 100% certain that I want to keep going beyond my MA, but I definitely am giving the option strong consideration. Golly, it sure will be a heck of a lot of work if I do it, though! And the preparations are no easy matter either. My CV needs a lot of fodder if I'm going to fatten it up sufficiently to be able to get funding.

So far, I'm looking into the possibility of George Mason, as I have heard excellent things about their program. I'll be doing some serious research into schools over the next few weeks, as I need to figure out a list of places to apply in order to start tailoring myself to their requirements. Even if I do decide not to go, there's no harm in preparing, and if I do go, I have to start getting ready now. It's nice having options again.

1 comment:

Creech of the East said...


I stumbled upon your blog in my endless search for info on teaching in Korea. Mostly I'm wondering which "school" you might have heard about that are "good employers"? The city that I'm extremely interested in is Icheon, this is mainly because I've got a background in Ceramics so the town seems fitting.

Any info that you might have to impart would be great.


P.S. It might be easier to email at stephencreech@gmail.com... or you could just post back to the comment.

"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"