Monday, June 13, 2011

A Preemptive Congratulations...

         I took my Comprehensive Exams (for graduation) the week of May 31st. Ironically, that was the same week I had to go to North Carolina for my sister-in-law's wedding and because of the holiday (Memorial Day) I didn't have access to my exam until Tuesday.... so it was a bit of a stressful week!
         Most of the exam I completed before we left for North Carolina, but I had to finish it in the hotel there. If I'd been home the whole week I would have been finished in 2 to 3 days but instead I took the whole week for the exam. Oh well!  At least it's done :-)
       Now I just wait.... and wait.... and wait a bit more until they read and grade the exams.  Mine was 54 pages when I submitted it.  Apparently, only about 30% of the students pass immediately, the first try with the exam.  Another 40% or so pass with revision.  I've had mostly A's throughout the program, however, and I do write for a living so I'd like to think I'll be in that 30% and pass the first time.
       My husband got me a "preemptive congratulations" cake to celebrate.  (hmmm, the picture didn't load as big as I thought... it says, "A Preemptive Congratulations" in the middle).
       Basically just celebrating that I completed the exam haha.  He said, "I can't imagine having to write 54 pages.... I'd fail that."  Honestly, it wasn't like I aimed for 54 pages though.  During a review session one of the instructors said the average length is 30 to 50 pages so I figured I'd set up my word document to respond to every part of the exam questions (in essay form, mostly) and if it passed 30 pages I was good.  I tried not to fluff it up with useless content too, so those 54 pages are about the bare minimum for what I needed to respond to the questions.
       All in all, I do feel a great sense of accomplishment.  Granted, half-way through the program I realized Forensic Psychology is not what I thought it was, but I had already committed to the program (and the student loans!) so I finished it.  After all, a Masters Degree is still a Masters Degree and shouldn't be knocked just because I was slightly disappointed in the topic.
       I'm so glad to be back home though!  I need my routine so I function optimally - geez! I sound like a piece of equipment haha.  What I mean is, I have a routine and that allows me to reach maximum productivity when not interrupted.  That's partly why I complain a lot during the week if I have to run a lot of errands or go to a lot of appointments.... I don't complain "here" but I complain haha.
       When I'm uninterrupted, however, I am extremely efficient in my work and that allows me plenty of time for things like reviewing my Japanese, working on my websites, and simply relaxing with a book for FUN for a change.

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