S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen


A little bit stunned, I wandered off into the wash of sunshine, the soft breeze, and clement temperatures to read about the building of St. Albans' monastery in a nearby park. Strollers rattled by, a man paced back and forth while talking on his mobile, and a trio of kids zoomed by on scooters. The swingset was occupied the whole while by a pair of youngsters. Half-grown trees framed a vacant band shelter. A moment's quiet in city life was just what I needed to stay focused on the plot and digest the realization that I'll finally be able to finish this degree.

Back in March of this year, I finished a full draft of my dissertation and gave it to my advisor. In April, I gave copies to my other two committee members. In early May, I heard back from one of my committee members and started working on two conferences papers which I gave in July, after moving to England in June. Somewhen in there, I was no longer stressed or worried about my dissertation. My work was in limbo. And now it's not. My last committee member has done the requisite work, has only minor revisions to require of me, and I can finish the degree.

I'm treasuring the peacefulness of the world while it still is. I hope it lasts, even through the next few weeks' frenzy of editing and revising. It took me many months longer than I'd hoped it would and I'll be paying part of tuition for another year. And for the first time in months, I feel like I'm fulfilling my academic job title of "student" once again.
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