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Old 04-24-2012   #1
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I PASSED MY THESIS DEFENSE!

I AM SO EXCITED/RELIEVED/HAPPY THAT ALL I WANT TO DO IS USE CAPS!!!!

All I have is one more homework assignment, one more class, one more final, and NO MORE school!

And I gotta get my thesis bound.

And then, ladies and gentlemen, I will have my Masters of Arts!
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That's so awesome!!

I mean...

THAT'S SO AWESOME, CONGRATS, JENN!! ;D ;D ;D
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Congratulations although I have less than a hint of an idea of what you are talking about beyond its importance to graduating from college.
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WEEEEEE! ME TOO! SUCCESSFUL THESIS STUDENTS UNITE!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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(Soon. I have to make a few graamatical revisions and then I will be ready to bind mine too!)
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Thank you everyone! It feels soooo good.

^ So, Danielle, when you said you were accepted into grad school, does that mean you are going for your PhD? The reason I ask is usually here you don't have your thesis written when you get accepted to your Master's degree program--you write it during your Master's studies, and submit it as part of your credits for your degree (provided you choose to go the thesis route).
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Congratulations to the both of you!
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Thank you everyone! It feels soooo good.

^ So, Danielle, when you said you were accepted into grad school, does that mean you are going for your PhD? The reason I ask is usually here you don't have your thesis written when you get accepted to your Master's degree program--you write it during your Master's studies, and submit it as part of your credits for your degree (provided you choose to go the thesis route).
Nope. Master's. Here, you can do an honour's degree at the undergraduate level which basically means that you do everything that an undergrad does to graduate but you also keep your grades at a certain level and you write a thesis. I took a 5th year to write mine because a lot of graduate schools in Canada require it. Those that don't still prefer it. So this was a way of getting my foot in the door and opening other research avenues. :)
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Aha, ok, that's really neat, it's wonderful that they allow you to publish and get academic things out there sooner in your career. I mean, here, an undergrad could theoretically do those things but not necessarily for credit, or sponsored by the University. They'd have to pull some strings.

So will you be writing another thesis for your Master's degree?
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Aha, ok, that's really neat, it's wonderful that they allow you to publish and get academic things out there sooner in your career. I mean, here, an undergrad could theoretically do those things but not necessarily for credit, or sponsored by the University. They'd have to pull some strings.

So will you be writing another thesis for your Master's degree?
Yeah, it's pretty cool. Theres also journals within which undergrads can get papers published as well as undergraduate conferences where they can present papers and research.

I will be writing another thesis for my Master's. This one will likely be a comparitive study on segregated African Canadian and African American battalions in WWI, but its still pretty hard to say at this point. There's a lot of places I can go with these topics so far. I also want to look at African Canadian women's work in support of the war effort among other things.

Actually, now that I think on it, I don't recall what you wrote about for yours. What did you study?
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^ Yes, undergrads have the opportunity for conferences and paper publishing too, it's just harder for them to write theses.

Oooh World War I...it seems everyone forgets it to look at WWII, I think that will be fascinating!

I'll PM you what I studied. I'm a little OCD about not having my work posted where it could be google searched.
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^ Yes, undergrads have the opportunity for conferences and paper publishing too, it's just harder for them to write theses.

Oooh World War I...it seems everyone forgets it to look at WWII, I think that will be fascinating!

I'll PM you what I studied. I'm a little OCD about not having my work posted where it could be google searched.
Thats fair. I know I've had fun keeping up with everything. I'm really happy to have taken this route though.

I have to agree with you. Everyone knows what started and ended WWII but WWI is sort of left in WWII's dust. In reality, there was a lot going on in both wars. A lot of contrasting ideas about race and society that worked simultaneously together to create an explosion of conflicting beliefs and therefore tensions and hostilities. And I think, in many ways, WWI didn't solve much... it actually seems to pave the way for what happened in WWII; so in reality, people who overlook it in order to focus on WWII are doomed to never fully understand what was happening.
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Thats fair. I know I've had fun keeping up with everything. I'm really happy to have taken this route though.

I have to agree with you. Everyone knows what started and ended WWII but WWI is sort of left in WWII's dust. In reality, there was a lot going on in both wars. A lot of contrasting ideas about race and society that worked simultaneously together to create an explosion of conflicting beliefs and therefore tensions and hostilities. And I think, in many ways, WWI didn't solve much... it actually seems to pave the way for what happened in WWII; so in reality, people who overlook it in order to focus on WWII are doomed to never fully understand what was happening.
Yes, WWI was a HUGE influence on why WWII happened. Just ONE example is how the war's aftermath in Germany led Hitler to jump on the opportunity to lead, because Germany was reeling from the punishments of WWI.
That's just ONE example of course.

It's funny that they called it the "War to End All Wars" but no one seemed to learn their lesson. :\
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Absolutely. And there's sooooo many more examples.
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Funny you say that. Many believed that it would also end civil rights struggles when it began too, though W.E.B. BuBois and others realized after that their beacon of hope was not as bright and strong as they initially believed.
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Hahahaha that's what everyone asks when I say "English major," except for other english majors, who tend to be the only people that know you can do A LOT with an english major. (Interesting statistic: only approximately 26% of English majors end up going into a teaching career)

Anyhow, absolutely not. I have no patience for teaching. I admire teachers, some of my favorite people are teachers, but I'd rather eat dirt.

I've got a wonderful job as a technical writer, hoping to make that into a career.
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