Year #3; Semester 2: 30 Fridays left!

I started the first of my last 30 Fridays by submitting my QPP. That's right--30 Fridays left.  The breakdown of that is pretty easy.  2 semester, 15 days in each semester equals 30 Fridays left.  That's a countdown I can get excited about.  

A sign that has the number 30 in it.

It means many things for me.  It means I can begin to look at vacations as actual vacation time to which I can enjoy time away, rather than banking time for June sessions.  It means I can see a somewhat return to normality in terms of not working 4 long days at work and commuting into UMB once a week.  It means that I have made it through seven semesters and have 2 semesters of a challenging schedule.  It's exciting to see this in my focus.  

Beyond that, the first day back was light.  I have two classes but only one met, Sociological Perspectives in Higher Education who is taught by a professor that I enjoy a lot for the different ways he gets us thinking about any subject matter.  I also look forward to the course because it will hopefully help me find the right framework for my dissertation. 

The first class was all I was hoping for.  The class has a good mix of new and seasoned students which creates some great dialogue on the first day.  It was also great to see some of my cohort and check in with them about how they did with their QPPs and how they are doing in general.  

By this point in the program, Fridays are old hat.  We show up, we engage in the thoughtful discussions or other intellectual activities, and we go home to produce the work to get use ready for the next round.  Repeat.  I like that stability, especially as the second class that I'm taking is the bigger challenge, the class in which we're writing the Qualifying Paper (QP) or the literature review.  There's a massive amount of content for me to make my way through and then to put it into some kind of coherent sense.  It will be a challenge and I'm not sure how I will get it all done.  There's no secret shortcut; the only way through is through and it's a long way through.  So, here to getting through a semester   

Want to keep up with my PhD adventures?  Check out any of the links below:

  1. Acceptance...and acceptance
  2. Orientation
  3. Day 1
  4. Week 1
  5. First 2 Courses Completed
  6. First 2 Courses Finished
  7. Semester 2, Here We Go
  8. The Existential Crisis of the Week
  9. The Balancing Act
  10. Negotiating Privilege in Higher Education
  11. Zeroing in on Research
  12. Completing the Second Semester
  13. My Educational Autobiography
  14. So Starts the Third Semester
  15. My Educational Philosophy...for now
  16. PhD'ese
  17. And Sometimes, You Feel It
  18. Semester's Endgame
  19. Year 1, Officially Done
  20. Year 2, Week 1, Day 1
  21. Year 2, Week 1 Done! 
  22. 1/3 Complete!?!?
  23. Click...
  24. Day 1; Semester 5
  25. Share and Share Alike
  26. Mindful and Mind-Filled
  27. 5th Semester Down
  28. Day 1, Semester 9
  29. The Two Demons of My Doctorate
  30. When Senioritis Kicks In
  31. The Final Friday
Sub-series specifically about the dissertation:
  1. Dissertation Journal #1
  2. Dissertation Journal #2
  3. Dissertation Journal #3
  4. Dissertation Journal #4
  5. Dissertation Journal #5
  6. Dissertation Journal #6
  7. Dissertation Journal: QP Revised Edition

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