The ramblings of an absent-minded doctoral student

The ramblings of an absent-minded doctoral student. Chronicling my life as I earn a PhD in history.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You can't outrun your fate

So ends the spring quarter. It didn't go quite as well as I thought it had, which is always disappointing. I've been wrestling, since receiving my grades, with whether or not I'm cut out for this kind of work. But as many have said, "everyone goes through that." While this may be true, and somewhat helpful to hear, I think we all have unique, individual experiences which facilitate this question. How do I do better? What do I need to do in order to master this material? Is there ever enough time?
Despite my poor seminar grade, the conference version of that same paper was received quite well. So maybe I need to re-group, focus on the conference version and expand it, rather than trying to edit the seminar paper. Now if I can just find the time to do so. Between French homework, trying to take care of myself physically, and  preparing lectures for the class I'm teaching, my paper is presently sitting on the back burner. I just need to organize my time better. My experience at the conference, though, has renewed my motivation. Let's just hope the loneliness of summer and Columbus's terrible weather doesn't interfere.