As most of you know, I'm the eternal student...I'm pursuing my doctorate at the moment, and while I only have 5 courses left (yippeee!) I still have many other obligations before I make you all call me "Dr. Nuckolls"... :)
One of these obligations is my qualifying exams...which begin today. It's basically two research proposals on the same topic, one done qualitatively and the other quantitatively. It's pretty huge, and I'm even taking off work half days next week to spend time working on it. It's due back to my department Feb. 1, so from now until then, I'll be out of pocket a bit.
This is one of those obstacles that I always knew would eventually get here, but always seemed so far away to even think about realistically. I'm almost done with my third year, if (I mean WHEN...) I pass quals, I'll finish up this spring semester, I take a course in May, I begin my proposal for my disseration, I defend that proposal, I take a course in the summer, I begin collecting data for my dissertation, I write said dissertation...and then I'll have a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in mass communications...whew, one day one day!!