Tuesday, September 18, 2007

ABDish

I should mention that I passed the oral exams. So now I'm done with that exam-taking stuff for good.

6 comments:

Holly said...

Congratulations! That's fairly awesome.

Plus, it probably means your professor survived, also good.

Rufus said...

Yeah, well he actually showed me up! Believe it or not, he recieved a letter today informing him that he had been awarded the German medal of honor. So, it sort of made my passing the oral exam pale in comparison.

On the other hand, after eight straight years of higher education, knowing that I never have to take another damn exam is a bit like recieving the German medal of honor for me.

Hiromi said...

Go forth and kick some historian ass!

Only eight years? Or do you mean eight years graduate work?

Rufus said...

Eight years altogether. I did five years of undergraduate, although honestly, the first year was very part-time. And then three years of graduate. I'd like to be done in three more, although not a lot of people finish a history PhD in six years. For some reason, we take longer than any other humanities PhD.

Hiromi said...

So you went straight from undergrad to a PhD program? I thought that's unusual for the humanities.

Rufus said...

It's getting to be less so. They call it the 'terminal PhD'. Actually though, I'm thinking about developing one of my seminar papers into a thesis so that I can get the Master's. It seems like a good thing to have anyway.