Friday, July 9, 2010

And . . . It's Over!

Another semester completed! As of today, believe it or not, I am halfway finished with my M.A. Yup, 15 credits under the belt! It's a little hard for my mind to grasp at the moment. I just can't seem to adjust to the idea of not having any due dates (well, other than self-imposed) for the next month and a half. In a way, it almost feels a little bit sad. Whatever shall I do with myself?

Today marked an excellent end to the summer semester. My presentation, which I had a great deal of fun preparing, earned a grade of 100%. My research paper earned a solid A, and my instructor loved my argument (which, in light of the heavy dose of Freud in my paper, I was not anticipating). The 4.0 is solid and holding, another surprise. The most amazing part of all of it is that despite working harder than I have ever in my life imagined working, I am having more fun than I can ever recall having.

Between my interesting classes, my terrific roommate, Inklings (my writing group), and the skating rink at Liberty, where I have been spending a great deal of time ice-skating lately, this summer has been a blast so far. I occasionally get by on minimal sleep, but I've been loving every minute of it!

Of course, this summer is not all fun, games, and interesting papers. On Monday, I am retaking the GRE, attempting to put my prior score to shame (I did well the first time, but I think I can do even better). Facing that multiple fanged monster of a test again is an intimidating proposition, but it'll be worth it if the higher score gets me into the doctoral program of my choice. So, I'll be spending most of this weekend cramming and studying (and perhaps also offering up the occasional frantic prayer). If the math section of the GRE doesn't down me in one gluttonous mouthful, I'll be driving up to D.C. later next week to have my first scouting expedition in the National Archive, hunting down enticing primary sources for my thesis. The change from hunted to hunter will be quite pleasant, I'm sure.

Well, time to sign off. Jasper's due for a few shots at the vet (he's very excited).

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"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"