It is accomplished and there is no real need for the question mark. The course work challenged me and pushed me to think and learn a lot. It became intense at times as I juggled working, the program, running, writing, running a session of Changing Lives Through Literature, presenting at conferences and other activities into the semester. It was a lot and probably more than I should do, but it is hard to say no to things that you enjoy so much.
Right now--despite my brain in a gooey state, I am content with the semester. I'm happy with what I did for my final projects and particularly for my Access and Equity course, I feel it will give me some good material to work with as I move forward and look to understand the impact of the digital divide on the open educational resources movement. I've found some interesting resources and it gives me a good starting place for my potential future dissertation. My History of Higher Education project may not be entirely related to my future work, but I also feel I had fun with it, found it interesting to explore the different themes in the Wellesley News during 1918-1920, and it certainly fits in with some of my work in general around media and popular culture studies.
In total, I felt that the semester pushed me, taught me, and encouraged me, despite the challenges I faced along the way. I believe I accomplished a lot in terms of developing as a practitioner-scholar while also growing in other ways outside of the program. So here's to the end of one semester, a break, and the start of another!
Want to catch up on my previous reflections about being in a PhD program? Check them out:
- Day 1
- Week 1
- First 2 Courses Completed
- First 2 Courses Finished
- Semester 2, Here We Go
- The Existential Crisis of the Week
- The Balancing Act
- Negotiating Privilege in Higher Education
- Zeroing in on Research
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