Well, today is the day my final theses class starts. I have already looked at the syllabus and am very curious how this is going to go. I have exactly 16 weeks to submit a proposal, get approval, write a draft, make revisions, and submit a final thesis for defense.
I have been looking forward to this for at least 4 years and working towards it for the past 3. I guess I am both nervous and excited. Nervous because I am not quite sure if my proposal will be accepted without some major reworking and excited because I am getting ever closer to being done with college. At least until I decide to make the plunge and go for a PhD, which I don’t see happening right now.
There are several other students doing a thesis in History in the same class as me so there are other people I can bounce ideas off of. That is actually a good thing. The hardest part about distance learning is the lack of good back and forth among students. I have actually taken classes in which I was the only student, talk about knuckle biters when you turn in major assignments.
Well, the die is cast, as the famous expression goes and I will see what happens over the next 4 months. If it goes well I will be the proud holder of an MA in European History come 15 May 2011. If it goes poorly, I will try one more time before I give it up. I am fairly certain I will get it the first time though, Lord knows I don’t want to have to write a second one. I think paying for the privilege of suffering for four months is plenty the first time around.