Wednesday, July 8, 2009


One week and counting til the defense . . .

I had a stressful week last week. I went down to Oxford the week before and filled out my application to graduate and took care of all the paperwork across campus. I came home feeling on top of things and thinking only of preparing for my defense. Then, last week, late Thursday afternoon, I get an e-mail from the graduate school telling me that I don't have enough hours to graduate. And I'm not lacking just a few hours. It's a huge chunk.

Well, of course, panic sets in, even though I'm one of those students who micro-manages her schedule. I read the catalog; I keep a checklist; I visit with my advisor regularly. I knew I'd dotted every i and crossed every t. I also knew that I'd been evaluated every year by the whole English Department faculty and given a "Satisfactory Progress" rating. And how could I have been allowed to take Comps and enter dissertation phase if I hadn't finished my course work? I called my advisor. He said he'd check on it. He sounded a lot calmer than I felt.

Then the University shuts down for the 4th. Of course. A long weekend with no information.

I heard nothing Monday.

By Tuesday I thought, "Enough." And I called. "Oh, yes," she said calmly. "We forgot that you entered the program already having earned a Masters Degree. That was the difference in hours. I'm approving you for graduation today. Sorry."

Well. I feel better now.


Cheri said...

You are defending on the 15th? I defend on the 17th! Isn't that funny that we are defending in the same week? I'm happy for you. Believe me, I know what you're feeling. Congrats!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations to you, too! I'm just exhausted, and I know you are too. Think we'll both just fall apart afterwards?

Courtney said...

How stressful! I'm so glad they figured out the problem. :) I had a similar problem at Harding concerning my transfer hours. I know how stressed I was- I cannot imagine going through that at the doctoral level!

Congratulations on your upcoming defense!