An Academic’s Summer Vacation

I am done grading finals... done writing papers… and done with Spring Term. Yay!! Summer vacation here I come!!

Except… although I will have time to do cool stuff like camping, hiking, fishing… and running I will also be studying. I know! What kind of nightmarish summer vacation requires studying? Last summer was spent studying for the research project I had for the master’s paper. This summer I will study for the comprehensive exam. For those who do not know, the comprehensive exam is an exam to prove that I have “comprehensive” knowledge over one sub-field in sociology. If I pass, I can then continue onto my PhD work. If I fail, I can try to get a job with my Masters degree.

I am looking forward to being done with graduate school. I certainly do not have a “failure to launch” syndrome when it comes to graduate school. I do not want to spend 15 years as a graduate student doing research. I want to be done as soon as possible so that I can be teaching at a college and/or working at a nonprofit. Helping people is what matters to me… and the comprehensive exam is a stepping stone to that goal.

Anyway… the topic for my comprehensive exam is about the environment… specifically, understanding how political and economic decisions impact the environment, and how those environmental impacts create health problems for humans. Doesn’t that sound like an exciting summer vacation? Yeah, well… exciting for an academic and exciting for a college freshman are two different things ;-)

Wish me luck… and have a great day!

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7 thoughts on “An Academic’s Summer Vacation

  1. AHHH good luck! Maybe you can combine your hiking and camping activities with studying? Read next to the campfire? Do flash cards while your feet dangle in the lake? (I have a third grader and we do a lot of flash cards. Obviously I have no idea how one studies for a comprehensive. Keep flash cards in mind though haha).

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