This blog began as a place to reflect on the plethora of books and articles history doctoral students must read for comprehensive examinations. Somewhere in the middle of comps this blog became more about dissertation research and ideas that don’t fit in my current project since comps are one small, but stressful, part of doctoral work. Tomorrow I sit the first of four comp exams – three written and one oral exam for history at the University of Alberta . It has been a long year and a half getting to this point – changing topics will do that – but tomorrow at 9am the exam writing begins. For the written portion I have opted to write two exams in-house and one as a take home. The in-house exams are 3 hours closed book affairs (Monday and Wednesday) and the take home is a week of intense writing (Friday to Friday). Which means on January 28th the only remaining hoop to jump through will be the oral exam. When all of the exams are done and I can devote significantly more time to researching there will hopefully be more regular posts here. Until then, it is all about re-reading notes – which I really should get back to.
Music to my ears" 'Cause though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore." - Of Monsters & Men, "Little Talks"