The blog has been quiet lately because I have been waiting on the graduate committee to pronounce judgment on my dissertation prospectus. And—at long last—I received word on Monday that I passed! I filed paperwork on Wednesday, and today the news is finally starting to sink in. I’m officially a PhD candidate, meaning that I have finished all coursework and exams to get the degree. I’m ABD—All But Dissertation—a made-up academic rank that bestows upon the owner long periods of malaise, despair, and, eventually, death. Oh wait, sorry, that was the plot of Lost in Translation. My bad.
In more practical terms, it means I have a masters degree. I’m not sure what you can do with a Masters in English that you couldn’t do with a Bachelors, but I assume it includes berets and other silly hats. Until I find out, I’m going to practice my ennui and continue to talk about overly long pretentious novels in my best Monty Python voice.
I have lots of stuff to write about regarding the dissertation, adventures in library-carrel-decorating, and the novel, but for now I’m catching up on what I missed during the past three weeks. Chat with me on twitter (@AnnaSaikin) and stay tuned for more fun and exciting updates!
Keep writing, my friends.