Well, it's finally over. Last night I took what will hopefully be the last exam of my looooooooooooooong graduate school career. I say hopefully because it was an exam unlike any other I've taken in grad school - an actual final exam in the computer lab with a single sheet of quotes taken directly from the readings, rather than an end-of-quarter research paper. Leading up to the big event, I thought I was going to lose my shit. I did more sociology in the last week than I have in my entire life. Sociological theory has never been my friend. I'm not good at bullshitting like that, and I'm not good at boiling down thousands of pages of bullshit into a few coherent paragraphs. Unfortunately, my PhD is far from complete. I'll be taking my prelim exam in the fall and then writing a dissertation. Thankfully, the pressure won't be quite as bad - they're not going to be pleasure cruises, but at least the experience won't be crammed into a tight 11-week timeline.
I don't feel like I can give an honest assessment of how I did on the exam, either. I've never had this professor before, as she joined the faculty after I had stepped away from the program. I don't know how she grades, and I don't know if my essays were up to par. I do know that I forgot to include one point that I really wanted to make, but I don't think that omission will kill me. Now it's just a waiting game for the papers to be graded and the grades to show up online. I don't feel like I can really relax about it yet. I'll be happy with a B.
Either way, I'm so glad to have that over and done with. I'm looking forward to catching up with my internet friends and my In Real Life friends who have been long neglected, especially my BFF who has probably forgotten what I look like by now.
I'm recombining my blogs. I don't have the time to worry about two separate blogs, so the running ramblings are coming back here. You can just skip those posts if you aren't interested in that kind of thing.
I'm running a half marathon on Sunday. It's the first time I'm going to repeat a race course, so I'm curious what the results will be.
My Google Reader has over 1,000 unread items in it. It makes me twitch.
The Bearcats are back in the NCAA Tournament again this year - I'm hoping for a good showing against Texas this afternoon. Go Red! Go Black! Go Bearcats!