The two hour oral exam was this morning. I fretted about it, of course... I fretted about what to wear, what to say, how to say it, how not to seem like an idiot, how not to ramble on... but mostly how not to sound like an idiot.
My supervisor gave me strict instructions:
- I'd be required to give an introduction of myself and I was not to go over 10 minutes. Do not bore the committee!
- Answer the questions. Don't talk around them. Don't ramble on and try and prove how smart you are. Just answer the questions they ask.
As promised, here are the three questions I had to choose from for my written paper:
- Historically and currently, what are the major challenges faced by language program administrators who wish to market their educational programs to international audiences?
- What moral, philosophical and cultural perspectives influence the extent to which commercial business practices ought to be incorporated into public education?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of a critical theoretical paradigm when engaging in a new historicist approach to document analysis?
The committee consisted of 5 voting members and 1 neutral chair who ran the meeting. And me.
Yes, I was intimidated. No, I did not throw up (yaay!)
I am happy it is over. If I understand this crazy system properly, I am now known as being A.B.D. (all but dissertation) and passing this exam means that I'm now considered qualified to start my thesis research.
I'll do that soon.
But before I get into that, there's a small matter of a half marathon to take care of... then some R&R time with the family in England.
I'm looking forward to that!
For now, it is off to the Grad Students Lounge for some... er... refreshments!
PS: The pills the doctor gave me for running helped somewhat. No nausea during the run. It came about an hour after finishing, which is still not great, but it's enough of a solution to get me through the race - hopefully.