Sunday, May 29, 2011

Semester in review

Today, I had my last class of the Spring 2011 semester. Let's see how Bridget 2.0: Master's Degree Edition is coming along.

Favorite thing about working on an MA: Spending time with right-minded individuals who are interested in the same things I am. Oh, and the small matter of fulfilling the great dream of my adulthood.

Favorite thing about working on an MA, more candid answer: That I don't have to take my kids with me to class. It does wonders for my psyche.



Least favorite thing about working on an MA: Less time to ________. There are only so many hours in the day. Poor me, I might not read as many books this year (at least books without the word Linguistics in the title, anyway).

The hardest moments of the semester were: There were a few days when both Jeremy and I were really busy and unable to give our daughters the care and attention they needed. Not fun. And not to be too bitter, but guess who took one for the team most of the time? Me, because Jeremy's job is the one that makes it possible for us to live. I'm convinced that one particular time I put the books down to take care of my kids made the difference between an A and an A- on an exam, but I'm over it. Can you tell?

Number of times I drove to class: Ummmm, twice. This is really shameful since it's about a 10-minute walk. The shame is mitigated by the fact that each time I drove, there were extenuating circumstances. The first time, Jeremy was out of town so I had to drive to drop the girls off at a babysitter's house. The second time...it was hot and I was wearing high heels and I was late and I was carrying a lot of stuff? Is that good enough?

I am no longer afraid of: Writing a master's thesis. I was terrified before. Now that I have one research paper under my belt, not so much.

I am also no longer afraid of: Going in to talk with professors about research issues, advising, or whatever. It's amazing how quickly I got used to being taken seriously on my own terms. Finally not having a small child emptying my purse of its contents while I tried to talk to an adult probably had something to do with that return of confidence.

Finally, I'd like to thank my sponsors. Child care was brought to you by Jeremy, every single class period except one, when he was in Chicago. Time spent in class was brought to you by Diet Coke/Pepsi, because after almost six years of being a mom my sleep deprivation is at a high while my attention span has been torn to minuscule shreds. My major research paper was brought to you by my kids watching a bunch of movies last week.

I'm looking forward to Fall 2011, coming in September.

6 comments:

Matthew said...

Congrats on the educational progress! That's great. That is really tought to do!

In the spirit of fellow masters degree obtainer while having young children fellowship, I am going to temporarily overlook your use of the phrase 'right-minded individuals'.

I will however trot it out at some point in the future after it has suitably fermented. Oh yes, I will.

Merkley Jiating said...

I was smoothly reading along until I got to "I was wearing high heels..." What?! I didn't know Bridget wore heels! Crazy!

Kathy Haynie said...

Woo hoo! I went back to college (starting over as a freshman) when my children ranged in age from 4-14. It is SO invigorating to be an adult in a setting where you are valued for your ideas instead of your ability to provide peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I salute you!

(I learned to study while grocery shopping - I sent the children off in pairs with a list and a grocery cart. When they had their lists checked off, they came back and found me in the Fred Meyers coffee shop, and then we all went through the checkout together. All three carts + 5 kids. It's a great system, but I don't think that Miriam and Magdalena are quite ready for it yet. Especially give their blonde locks in Sharjah.)

Bridget said...

Kathy, that is quite the system. It reminds me that I forgot to mention another of my sponsors: studying time was largely brought to you by Miriam's ballet lessons. I think the music from her dances will always remind me of linguistics.

Emily, I know, right? Dubai has...done things to me.

Matthew, you know I didn't mean right-WING, right?? And also that I was being snarky?

Eevi said...

I have thought of going back to get my doctorate of nursing practice but I think I will wait another year or so when Eerika is older and I won't have another newborn or be pregnant. Good job on finishing the first semester. I bet it feels so good to be doing something for yourself and using your brain in a different way than what motherhood requires.

Liz Johnson said...

I am so jealous, it hurts. Congratulations!!!

And I'm sorry that you lost your A- to your kids. I still think Chris could've graduated Summa Cum Laude if it weren't for me and the kids always stealing his time. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, but most of the time... I don't. :)

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