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October: month of craziness

hiya Kingston – Meredith here.

Greetings from Halifax! I know, I know… Halifax? Don’t you have a defense next week? Yes. I’m a bit crazy. When I scheduled this trip, my defense wasn’t yet booked — it was being bandied about for later in the month. But when the School of Graduate studies declared October 14th the new finishing-date, things got moved up. My trip, however, was non-refundable.

And to be fair, I’m not here on a pleasure trip: I’m here for a meeting — the details of which I won’t get into now. Suffice it to say that it’s about a project that would, if it happens, be a direct result of work I did as part of my degree. So that’s kinda cool.

Halifax, as my regular readers will know, is where I used to live. It’s a city where I feel very much at home (and still have pangs of homesickness for). I’ve only been here for a few hours, but I’m already holed up in a local coffee shop trying to write, but taking breaks to chat with people who stop in (I haven’t warned many people about being in town – so it’s been fun surprising people).

With my last paper printed off and handed out already, I don’t suppose there is much I can do on that front right now (though I’m sort of looking at it sideways, trying not to worry it too much… certain that someone on my committee is going to send me a note declaring that it’s full of mistakes and not ready for defending!).

Instead, I am focusing my attention on some of my other work-writing projects (if you’re paying attention, you will know, for example, that I often write profiles of graduate students for the School of Graduate Studies homepage). I also have a few other projects on-the-go, all of which want writing ASAP. Busy, busy times!

It feels so weird, when I run into people here, to be able to say “I’m defending next week.” It was two years ago that I left my life in Halifax to move to Kingston and undertake the daunting task of an M.A. At times, it felt impossible. There are still people who were convinced, at various times, that I might get too discouraged to continue. I’m glad, however, that I persevered!

Now that the end truly is in sight, I can say this: what an amazing two years it’s been. I’ve got lots more to write on the issue of choosing to go back to school as a mature student to earn a graduate degree – I’ll write more in the next few days.

Until then, have a great week!

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective

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