The Year of the Dissertation

Chinese New Year is this Thursday and the Year of the Rabbit begins.  I, however, have declared this The Year of the Dissertation.  I actually had planned to graduate this spring but family obligations and teaching assistantships slowed down the writing process.  Then I received the Fulbright-Hays fellowship and it made sense to delay a year in order to come back to Lithuania and conduct the oral interview project.  I’m glad that I did, but the time has come to finish up this great adventure and get my degree.  I will graduate no later than Spring 2012.  In order to accomplish that goal, I need to be writing now.

I am happy to report that I got off to a good start in January.  Despite being sick (again) and the distractions of a birthday and my history department funding application, I had a productive month both for the interview project and drafting a new chapter.  I feel like I finally have momentum and I am exciting to see this project really moving forward.  So here’s to seven more months in Lithuania and one last year as a doctoral candidate.


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Creating academic and public environments for the humanities to flourish Researching Soviet and Eastern European history Engaging people and ideas as a writer and interviewer Traveling as much as possible View all posts by amanda

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