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.