Thursday, June 5, 2008

I'm Bored

I just finished the last portion of my comprehensive exam. I wrote about the first part that was 8 hours and I wrote 13 pages to answer 6 questions. The second part was 7 questions that took me nearly 9 hours to finish and I typed 15 pages of response. Today was sort of the grand finale. I met in a room with the six men who wrote the test questions and they grilled me on any weaknesses that I may have displayed in my responses to assure that I knew what I was talking about or find the things that I don't know. Today I was in the room for a mere 2 hours fielding questions. I addressed what I knew, but it is quite evident to all involved that I don't know everything. After deliberation, they said that I passed.

Now what? I have been studying for this exam during every spare moment I've had for the last 4 months or so. It's over. I don't don't have to take it again (which is good because I think I would have opted for a job at McDonald's before I spent another 4 months preparing for another test). Now what do I do? I know that I have two papers that I am trying to write that aren't finished yet. I know that would be a good place to start. I also know that I have a dissertation that I haven't started that I need to finish in order to graduate. Oddly enough, that's not what I want to do this afternoon. Instead I have a good Pandora station on REALLY LOUD and I'm trying to numb my brain as much as possible. Following the class that I have to teach this evening, I have scheduled a my bike ride home which will be as fast as possible to see if I can get rid of the nervous tension that still won't leave me alone.

Tomorrow, I will not come to school. I may not get out of bed. OK, I'm sure I'll get out of bed, but I may not get out of my pajamas. I intend to mow the lawn, weed the garden and otherwise not think for the entire weekend. If the weather is nice, maybe I'll go for a bike ride with the boys.

For now I'm going to return to my vegetative state staring at my computer, drooling slightly and waiting for the class that I have to teach so I can continue my life without thinking. I look forward to writing in the blog regularly again. At least until I get to deadlines for my dissertation.


Heather said...

Congrats on passing! What a relief!

Nate said...

Congratulations! Enjoy the free time, you've earned the right to unwind the mind.

Vertigo said...

Good on ya, Sans!

Emily W. said...

Yay! Well Done!
This blog gives a lot of insight into why some of my college professors (who were really students) didn't really care too much about the class or the grades they gave out. How can you after going through something like that for 4 months? Well..i know you care.
I am happy you have a garden to work in and kids to play with. That should help you relax somewhat.