Ted and Brian successfully defended their doctoral theses a couple of hours ago. Each has three more short papers to write and turn in, and then they will be hooded on September 28th.
I am so very happy for my cohort-mates.
More next month when additional members of the cohort will defend their theses.
With all that’s been happening in my family life over the past 2 1/2 months, I’ve been pushed by from completing my thesis on time. That’s life, and I accept what is for doing what I needed to do when I needed to do it.
Now, my goal is to finish in August so I can graduate (actually, be hooded) at the end of September.
It seems doable, especially with the encouragement from my Cohort, Professor Estrella-Luna, and members of prior cohorts including Dr. Hustus (who should update his Linked In page to reflect his new title).
I’ve just received the grades for the Winter 2016 quarter, which ended at 23:59:59 on Sunday, April 2, 2016. As I have promised for transparency purposes, I’ve posted them to the left side of this screen…scroll down if you’re interested.
I am not interested…anymore.
Huh? I don’t care about my grades?
The reality now is that the real grade for me will come during the first week in September, when I’m officially notified whether my thesis is accepted in final form and I have successfully defended it. There’s no guarantee of either or both, so I cannot lose sight of what’s vital…finishing up the writing and getting the defense completed and behind me.
Okay, to be fully honest, I do care about my grades, but that’s my pride speaking. I’m glad that I’ve meet the high standards set by the institution, so far, and I’ll be happy when my final grades are posted. But I’ll be a lot happier when I get the official letter from Northeastern saying that I should stop by for the doctoral hooding later that month.
That’s the only grade that counts, now.
I’m (way) behind on my writing timetable. Who would have thought it would take longer than planned to write a thesis? No, not me. Yeah. Not me.
Pages don’t write themselves. It takes fingers on keys to make the magic happen. That’s that magic I’m working on.
Talking with some of my Cohort members, I’m not alone. We use the discussion boards to push and pull each other along. I don’t know where I’d be without the support and encouragement of those 15 friends and colleges as we face our final quarter together, starting in, ah, 2 hours and 46 minutes.
I should be able to post my grades for the almost completed quarter later this week.
No, I have no special connection to the last Justice Scalia. No, I was not a big fan of his opinions (and, more accurately, his many dissents). However, I learned long ago to read his opinions and dissents. He was a brilliant legal scholar, a literate writer, and a debater to be feared.
Over the past couple of years in the DLP program, we studied many of Justice Scalia’s dissents and opinions. The dissents were always more fun.
Here are some links to quotes from the great mind, now silenced.
Okay, then, things are changing. Like my thesis. I have to ponder a different reality, but one thing is for sure: Neenah Estrella-Luna, Ph.D. was right. The thesis you write may not be the one you planned to write.
Yeah, I’m down with that.