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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it; I believe it.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

To be ABD no more...


It bears noting that I am working on completing a very important piece of work at the moment - my doctoral dissertation. I must admit that I have made many detours (honorable ones - such as working on Barack Obama's presidential primary election, starting my consulting firm, helping my son survive early puberty) since completing my comprehensive exams last fall. However, I am determined to complete this thing and graduate in May 2009.

I remember back in October 2006 I made a statement on my blog (back in my Yahoo 360 days) that I would work at least 20 hours a month on Obama's campaign if he would just run for president. Well, I am a woman of my word. And I stuck to that promise because I believe in what we can do with the right leadership.

Now I am going to make another statement on this blog that I will hold myself accountable to (and if you are reading this, do me a favor and check back every now and again to see if I am still a woman of my word): I will work at least 20 hours a month (5 hours a week) on my dissertation, beginning June 16, 2008. This work includes actual written material - not just mental analysis! I believe if I do this, I will be able to defend no later than March 2009. I will then graduate in May 2009 and finally lay to rest my status as ABD. Lord knows that is the least that I can do, in honor of my Aunt Dot, who made it possible for me to go back to school, and for the countless other family members and friends who have had my back all the way thru this thing.

I will post a progress report on Thursday nights, so stay tuned...

4 comments:

field negro said...

ms.hgrits, as you might or might not know, I rarely comment on other people's blogs. (long story) but I had to come over and holla at you.

Congrats on all of your accomplishments, and on having a wonderful blog going here.

Peace.

ms_hgrits said...

Man thanks Field. You are alright with me if you holla back or not; your blog is my 1st read like other folks' New York Times or Washington Post morning edition...

Major Man said...

Oh, I'll definately hold you accountable. And I am a witness to your 20/week for Obama. Warning: It's not safe to watch the MSM until after Saturday.

ms_hgrits said...

Many thanks MBC III! I know you will hold my feet to the fire!