Im so pleased to say that my two and a half years of master studies are completed. A new months after graduation, i notice the highs and lows i experienced. When i was officially done, i went through a lot of soul searching, and applied for jobs frantically, looking for my next project. This was obsessive and led to a depressive feeling of confusion and rejection. Truthfully, job searching was busy work, i was applying to anything under the sun and had no idea what i wanted to do. No wonder i was not receiving answers or guidance.
So i decided to rest after many months of unrest. After all, these years of my MA and BA previously had been filled with hard work, exhaustion, and dedication. I deserved and needed time to think and to enjoy my current free time rather than obsessing about how to fill it. All that to say i experienced a transitional state of confusion and soul searching. Perhaps from anticipating graduation as this miracle (*can’t hear the harp!) that would make everything in my life make sense. There was definitely an expectation management fail on my part. But im satisfied with my achievements now and realize i have been very anxious and high strung to get it done, im finally letting go, appreciating and unwinding, which i believe will lead me to the next steps…
Learning how to breathe again… and onwards. 9 months ago
Tomorrow I defend my thesis. Here’s hoping everything goes well. 18 months ago
Will have completed my Masters in Adult Literacy by the end of this year. Seems like such an easy thing to say, in reality it is a slow hard grind, pouring hours and discipline into this. the quote “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” rings true. 19 months ago
May is when i hope and expect to finish my thesis work and apply for my graduation in November.
From March to May, i have LOADS of work in front of me. At this point i have figured out generally what my topic is, and my academic supervisor is on board, although i need a field supervisor, that is not yet secured. Yikes.
Im just getting started writing and looking for sources, putting everything together. God. This is probably why im on this site! Avoiding!!!
I hope to report back with a completed thesis, presentation, and graduation application!
Best of luck to others in the same boat! 20 months ago
How I did it: Honestly, I only decided to go for my Master's because I hurt my elbow, took a redshirt year, and was able to have another year of my education (mostly) paid for by continuing to play softball.
It was entirely worth it, though. I found I really enjoyed the biomechanics side of biomedical engineering. Gave me quite a salary boost when I finally found a job as well. I received my BS and MS concurrently. So, it's not entirely accurate to say it took me two years. It took me five to finish both.
If your school offers a 5 year BS/MS program and you qualify, I'd highly recommend it. Read how I did it… 22 months ago
Now I have to write my thesis, defend it, and submit it to the university. I can’t decide if this is the home stretch or the hardest part, now being unemployed… 2 years ago