This is it, folks! This is post 100. I really can’t believe that I’ve written so much, so regularly this last semester, all the while doing school work and work, and even having a baby in November. But, it has been fun. I have much enjoyed the opportunity I have had here to write and express my though — gathering and organizing those thoughts in the process. And I have enjoyed all of your comments. That, to me, is what makes a blog worth reading – the discussion in the comments. I love communal discourse, I love discussing things with others, hearing your opinions and explaining mine to come up with some sort of lively discourse. And I am glad that the comments have been kept positive and not gone angry.
I am also, at this time, very relieved. I met with a professor on campus yesterday to discuss my academic future. The verdict: I can graduate next December. In a year I can be done with college — my undergraduate experience, at least. I plan on going to grad school and getting a Master’s and eventually a PhD. in Germanics, all the while teaching German at the collegiate level. That is my goal in life, that has long been my goal. Ever since high school I have wanted to have a PhD in some subject, and teach at a college or University. I love being a scholar, and with the experience I had this semester of presenting a paper I had written, I am really looking forward to becoming a professor!
As it stands now, I have registered for 14 credits for this next semester, starting in January, and then I will have only 14 credits left to graduate, which includes a 3 credit class that is designed to help me write my capstone paper. I am excited about this. I can see the end, and while it is a little scary – since now I will have to start looking into Grad schools, filling out applications, taking tests, like the GRE, and then wait until I find out where my future will take me.
But it is nice knowing that my future has a plan. I know where I am going and I know how to get there. I have (and have had) wonderful professors who have helped and inspired me. I look forward to joining them in the field of academia. I am grateful that they have treated me almost as an equal, as a colleague who can make valuable contributions to the field of study, while still working and helping me to know what they have already learned.
I love knowing that I have a future, especially at this time, with my newborn son, where so many things are unknown. I am feeling very confident in this course I have laid for myself. I like knowing where I am going. The future is so bright, “I gotta wear shades!”