Just another day…

by Anna Blanch on October 26, 2011

Some days I have that feeling. You know the feeling I mean. The feeling that you’re doing what you’ve worked hard for and that what lies ahead, though it be work too it is what you’re good at and what you’ve been made for.

This morning I’m writing at home, trying to nut out some of the structural problems with chapter 2 of my thesis. I’m also hoping I can put a final version (for now) of my teaching philosophy. Job application deadlines are closing in and i’m feeling behind – way behind.

Then I’ll head into the centre of St Andrews to teach a tutorial about how developments in exploring the origins of writing and encoding information has impacted creative expression. I’ve taught the material once this week already and I find that the second time round I do a better job connecting with what the students need to fill in the gaps and extend their understanding. I enjoy this week in the course alot because students tend to make alot of connections between the abstract and far off historical events to the reality of their own lives. It’s also only a week and a half from their reading week – they are well in the groove of the semester by now but not yet exhausted.

Then I’ll head back to the Roundel – a 400 year old building – where i’ll seek to get some reading done for chapter 3 before heading to N.T. Wright’s official inaugural lecture as a University of St Andrews Professor. It’s a moment in history I don’t want to miss. I’d wanted to have had a full draft of chapter 3 by the end of the summer, but being knocked sideways this summer put paid to that. I’m learning how to patiently plug away. This is a step by step process after all, like drips in a bucket.

After that, I’ll see how i’m feeling. My energy reserves are still a little fickle and the demands of my schedule for the next few months demand I listen. But, if i feel up to it, i’ll then meet up with friends to celebrate a successful viva of one of our number. His is a doctor of philosophy in Chemistry. And though I couldn’t possibly tell you what his research is on, the experience, the marathon is so familiar to me, and it offers sweet relief and the hope of being done myself to share in someone else’s relief and joy. Like many of my married colleagues, his wife is just as relieved as he is that all that stands between them and the next stage in their lives is graduation. Besides, I like milestones remember!

I have no idea where I’ll be living this time next year. The vicissitudes of the job market make that inevitable. But I know this. That where I am today, right now, is right and good and exactly where I’m met to be.


Life: UnmaskedThis challenge and invitation from Joy in conjunction with post I wrote about “getting real” prompted my involvement with This Life: Unmasked.

This is my seventh post for the challenge. Here is my first: Life: UnMasked, my second, Ready or Not, my third, Is the Heart Home?, my fourth, Like Fireflies in the Night and Swallows in the morning, my fifth, This is a Choice, and my sixth, A little less of a superhero.

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  • faithsweatandtears

    I can relate (on a smaller scale) to your thesis pressures. I am just at the point of identifying a topic for my dissertation, so I have a long way to go yet. Congrats on keeping up the hard work; it will be worth it in the end!

  • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

    Enjoy the process! and best wishes with the topic selection! 🙂

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