The semester officially ended a couple of weeks ago, but I’m just now getting to this. Time has just flown by these past several months! As of this month, I will no longer be taking coursework and will be fully focusing my academic time on my dissertation proposal and research. The Arlington Campus Library has established a Dissertation Writers’ Room and I was fortunate enough to obtain a slot. Great news! This means I will be able to work in a dedicated space and plan to use the time I was attending class to work through my proposal and research.
I plan to be ready for my defense in April as long as all goes well. As I’ve mentioned before, I will need to recruit another committee member as one dropped out. I have some ideas I will be pursuing after the next semester begins.
As for my progress, slow and steady is still progress. After working on my question for the better part of last semester, I think I’m “there”, I just need to polish it, place it in the literature, justify it, and determine what I want to generalize it to. Oh yeah, and write a 40-ish page paper and PowerPoint presentation to capture it all. I’ve got my work cut out for me – back to the grindstone!