A School Update

Where do I begin?  Well, let’s say that I have had more than enough.  I was granted an extension to complete Assignments for both classes.  One was Literature Review and the other was Perspective in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I tried to complete assignments for both courses by the end of June so that I could leave for vacation on June 30th without having that still on my plate.  Who wants to go on vacation to Tampa, Florida having to do graduate school assignments.  Not ME!!!!  BUT that is exactly what ended up happening.  The Literature Review professor said that my review still needed work.  For Perspectives I had to write a degree rationale and list of electives, their descriptions and bibliographies.  Those two things needed work as well.  I spent most of the time in Tampa working on school assignments, and I was not happy about it.

For my literature review topic, I chose second wave feminism and the Goddess.  I did the best I could and submitted the final product on July 14th.  I have not received the result back yet, so things ain’t looking good from my perspective.  I rewrote my lit review about 5 times.  I had a challenge trying not to make it read like a research paper instead of a lit review.  I finally did get the hang of it, but I did not do a whole lot of analyzing about what other scholars had to say about my topic.  I am just not the analytical type.  I don’t have the gift of being able to peel away layers and coming up with all kinds of crap.  The material that I read was fascinating though, and if all I had to do was write a research paper I would have been able to pull that off without much effort.  I loved reading work by feminist scholars such as Mary Daly, Carol Christ, and Naomi Goldenberg, just to name a few.  My lit review was only sixteen pages and four of them were my works cited.  I did the best that I could.

I rewrote my degree rationale and electives, finally submitting them again on July 28th.  I nearly threw in the graduate school towel, because when I submitted the degree rational for what I thought was the final time, I was told two days later that it needed more work, and that the electives needed more fine tuning.  By then I was so tired and exhausted from school.  I began to cry and decided that I should walk away from graduate school.  I informed by advisor and she reached out to me for a discussion about my decision.  She convinced me to continue to make the needed changes to my degree rationale and electives and resubmit them.  I think I did much better on those assignments.  I decided to skip the Fall semester, with the full support of my advisor.  When I return in January 2017, I should be all rested and ready to take on the world of academia again.  If I fail the lit review though, I won’t be returning anyplace.  You have to pass lit review to continue on.  The committee will dismiss you from the college if you cannot write a lit review that is up to standards set forth by scholars.


  1. Jasmine says:

    It’s so great to see that your blog is back up and running! I’ve been checking periodically. It’s great to hear that you are doing well and the new job sounds fantastic!

  2. Ann Marie says:

    Hang in there! You can do it. Take deep breath then jump into it!
    Watch out world Xenia is on the move!
    With love,
    Ann Marie

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