Where in the hell am I?

October 8, 2007

A deadline, at last

Filed under: deadline, thesis, yikes — John @ 2:18 am

Friday my mom wanted to go to campus to look at some journals in the libraries, so I took advantage of the visit to check on my academic status. Amazingly, even though it’s been at least 2 tears since I last darkened her office, the person who is the guru of Latin American Studies remembered my name. I found out that if I don’t graduate by the Summer semester of ’08, I’ll lose a year’s worth of credits (24, almost my entire coursework). I also need to take the Spanish oral exam on November 18th or 19th. I might just have to drive to the border the weekend before the test and do some language immersion.
While I’m a bit freaked out, having a deadline is the best thing that could have happened to me, because I work best under the wire. So tomorrow it gets real. I talked to my second reader (not my main advisor, who I need to email) and he told me what he’s expecting, which is maybe even a little less than what I was planning. I think everybody just wants me to finish, on a good note.
The Spanish exam might be the toughie. I know I can pass, but I haven’t spoken much lately and I have a weird problem speaking Spanish to someone who I know speaks English. I sure hope that they’ll let me try again in the spring if I don’t pass next month. I wish I could afford to fly back down to Mexico City for a few days.
When I finally finish, I’m going to have a humongous party.



  1. The typo in the second sentence is actually kind of funny.

    Comment by Dan — October 8, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  2. Hey, I came in to comment on that perfect typo too!

    Your mom is damn good company, by the way.

    Comment by Joolie — October 9, 2007 @ 4:39 am

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