I have made another rather large decision, also concerning this goal. Now, I am still very set about what I wrote in my last entry, but have decided to add some things.
While I was living and studying in Sweden, I have attended some classes from an MA programme at my Swedish university (an English Literature Master). A few weeks ago, during some rare quiet days (my vacation actually), I decided to finish this degree right now – if possible. For a long time, I though I might finish it up eventually as a distance student. Basically from wherever I would be in a year or so. It is a one-year programme, though, and I need to still attend two courses from the first semester and then write a thesis. Which would have either meant starting classes in the middle of my state exams next year (not such a grand idea) or postpone until the fall of 2015. And who knows what I will be doing where. I might never do it in the end. Which would be a shame, also because I already finished half of it, but mostly because I just really enjoyed those classes. There is no time like the present, right?!
I have undertaken all the steps for my (very, very late) application and it seems to be working out. Everything is still chaotic and there is also the tiny issue of me not technically holding a degree just yet, but as the Swedes are kind and helpful and we are trying to figure things out as quickly as possible. The process will probably take some weeks, but I am hopeful that everything will work out. I am attending my first class (via distance) on Monday. Can’t wait.
Now, I am also a little (sometimes more than a little worried) that I keep piling too much stuff on my plate – I am also starting the last two semesters of my studies here at home; full of final exams, internships, term papers, another thesis and state exams. (And I will also be working around 20 hours a week.) I know that it will be a lot of work. Important, too. I really need to do well on my state exams. But as it is right now, the Swedish thesis will sort of fall in the middle of it, so it should be doable. If I decide it is too much, I can also always postpone writing the thesis until the spring of 2015.
I am just enjoying the idea of having an official MA on top of my state exam (which is considered an MA in Germany but not in many other countries). It makes me truly nervous to think I might have to keep waiting tables even after I graduate. That whichever country I will end up in, might not acknowledge my degree. So, beside looking forward to the classes, they will also give me some peace of mind, which is definitely worth the extra work.
Here’s to hoping I will not only survive the next 13 months, but actually enjoy them! 3 months ago