End in sight

This August will mark the beginning of my fourth year in pursuit of my PhD. My office mate graduated last May and has successfully landed a job (very happily nearby so we can continue collaborating).

A lot of the academic rust has been knocked off and wire-brushed. For the most part, it has been a really enjoyable experience. I am where I should be. Delight in learning, delight in discussions and debates, delight in questioning my own ideas–they have all confirmed my decision to return.

I am currently taking my last class, and the fall begins the dissertation phase, with many nerve-testing phases. It is not easy, as I have witnessed my fellow grad students struggle to cope with the stress. Even so, I am excited to realize that my life part two is coming in to focus. It looks so good.

early walk
heat rises with birdsong

About T A Hillin-Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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4 Responses to End in sight

  1. jruthkelly says:

    Congratulations to you…so happy to read that you’re close to such a powerful milestone.

  2. Liz RS says:

    Hello friend. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading this and appreciated the haiku. Be well.

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