posted on May, 5 2006 @ 10:17 PM
The profs were impressed (I was not as impressed with me, because I was a Toastmasters' speaker and actually won some awards with this. I *know* how
to work an audience, and I used all the tricks I knew.)
I can't say I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. I *can* say that it was brutal, that it occurred at the same time as a huge amount of stress in
my life (child needing hospitalization, mother dying, huge hit on our finances, having to replace several cars, husband needing more meds, ending up
uninsured for awhile (you'd faint if you saw what the meds cost without insurance. I thought i was going to have an ulcler), working 4 part-time
jobs, etc, etc, etc.)
I can also say that without doing this, I would not be able to successfully do a PhD. And Anthropology was THE perfect field for the Masters'.
So I'm done. I'm mostly just weary. But I'm done... it's like a bad dream that's behind me.
But I'm waking up, and oh... such lovely things I have ahead of me for the PhD! I'm focusing on that and on writing the next set of academic
papers. I'm also starting a blog on an anthropologist's take on Fortean stuff (no, we're really not terrified of it) and getting back to writing
some fiction. I'll be a guest at a scifi con next month, and I need some credits to talk about at the panels.
And I need to do some artwork, too. But that degree is finished now, and I have lovely things ahead!