And so begins the second year

It is an exciting and bittersweet time for me in my program. We began the second year of our program this past Monday with staggered synchronous Skype calls with our instructors.  I am a member of the hybrid EPET cohort, you see, so we have folks all over the world and all of us are working while we pursue our doctorates. This makes scheduling anything synchronous a challenge, and it is rare we are all in the same place at the same time.  In about a month, all fourteen of us will converge on MSU’s campus for two weeks of face-to-face time: the only time of the year in which we are face-to-face. I love that this program exists and I greatly admire the blood, sweat, and tears that both the faculty and students have put into it to make it all work.

As I said, it is a bittersweet time for me as I will be moving out of the hybrid cohort to join the traditional, face-to-face cohort in the Fall. This past year has been a whirlwhind and a hodgepodge of odd jobs, consulting, and ACT tutoring.  It seemed wise to consider other options and when it seemed possible to get assistantships for the rest of my time, it just was too much of a good opportunity to pass up. I am excited to start splitting my time between teaching and researching. Not to mention that with the move I get more flexibility in my course choices, allowing me to pursue research methods as a concentration of my program. I have a Fall full of quantitative methods courses that I am beyond geeked to tackle.

That being said, I have bonded with my fellow hybrid cohortians: the love, support, care and inspiration they have given me makes forever grateful for the opportunity to work with such intelligent, generous people.  The switch doesn’t mean we won’t interact anymore, it just means that the frequency will be somewhat diminished because our experiences will no longer be identical.  That’s okay and is always bound to happen.  Things always change. But I do plan on savoring the summer because next year, I won’t be there.

So what’s on deck this summer for me? 9 credits of goodness. The two largest products I will be asked to complete include a Literature Review and a Research Proposal. Both will center around my own personal research interests

I took this picture on the first day of my program as part of an icebreaker activity.

, and the Research Proposal will eventually be the research practicum I will be working on this Fall and Spring.  I am bursting with ideas and happy to write: I plan on posting progress updates and the entire document in this blog once I am finished.  I am feeling a bit shy about my draft today, but as soon as I get it into shape, I will blog in more detail about my interests as well as posting my drafts.


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