i graduated!

can’t believe it! i finished my program and got another masters degree. 😛 it was most important that i finished the program. don’t think the degree itself adds marketable value to my resume or anything. i thought i ran out of time for my degree. but then the school e-mailed me and my advisor about my graduation status. one thing led to another and i graduated! feels terrific!

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finally finally

i’m finally on page 13 of my paper. it seems like it took an eternity to get past page 12! usually what happens when i get stuck on a page is that i keep revising and reorganizing. and so even though i’m writing the page number pretty much stays the same. but this week, i wasn’t making much progress at all until yesterday. i wrote and wrote and i was still on page 12 at the end of the day yesterday. but at least i was writing. all week long i couldn’t write new material for the paper.

i think what really helped is to work on the sermon for next sunday. as i started writing for the sermon, i just felt more comfortable writing. my sermon for next sunday is related to what i’m writing about. my paper is on nihilism. my sermon is about how we can find meaning and purpose in this meaningless world! i love it when my academic interests and religious interests intersect! that’s why i feel so blessed to be doing what i do. and that’s why i want to be able to keep doing what i am doing now. i study what i am interested in and i am interested in what i am studying! how cool is that? very very. 🙂

it’s a beautiful day today. i would have had graduation today if i finished the thesis on time. oh well. it’s not like i really wanted to go to the graduation anyway. but still, it would have been nice to have the option.

past ten days

i can’t believe how hard the past ten days or so have been.  there was one surgery, two deaths, and another surgery coming up for families of my friends.  i had a difficult time doing my work as one might expect since i get affected by things that are going on around me.  since i’ve been at my church, we’ve never had a funeral until yesterday.  i don’t know if there have been others.  it was sad.  i helped organize for the refreshments after the funeral service.  we didn’t know how many people were going to come so we prepared tons of food.  people were happy to take left overs home.

anyway since i wasn’t able to really concentrate last week, i haven’t written my paper which is due tuesday.  a complete draft of the thesis for graduation is due tomorrow!  i am so thankful that my advisor is going to let me turn in one paper now and then the rest later.  how did this semester pass by so fast?