Comprehensive Exams

Happy New Year! The holiday season is usually my favorite time of the year. The weather change, the decorations, the music, the movies, etc. I can’t say that I enjoyed this past holiday season. Not for unfortunate reason, I just got incredibly busy! Between planning for a wedding and studying for my comps, I just barely enjoyed quality time with family and friends. What has kept me motivated is that this is not permanent but temporary. This time next year, I will be married and all I hope to be super concerned about is finishing up my dissertation. But more on that on another time…

COMPS.  I can’t tell you how much anxiety this “beast” has provoked. I am only halfway through studying and this emotional roller coaster has been on full swing. On minute I feel on top of the world, and the next, I feel like I am free falling to the bottom of a very deep hole. I cannot wait until this is over. Aside from not having to worry about this ever again, I can’t wait to have the great feeling of accomplishment that past students talk about. I can’t wait to feel proud, to feel like I did something great, and to feel like I am right where I belong.

Until then, I take everything one step at a time and one day at a time. It is so easy to feel like I will never get it done when I look at all of the things still left to do (i.e. read this, find that, type this, and edit that). But having a set plan for each day has really helped me. It has helped me stay on task and has helped me compartmentalize the four subject areas in my mind. Next time you will hear from me, I will be on the other side :) . Keep your fingers crossed.