Tuesday, July 3, 2012

School's Out...

Some fool and his master's thesis...
This Friday, as I parked my Vélib and walked towards Pink Flamingo for a pizza, the news came via email.  Bless the iPhone.  I ran past Pink Flamingo and up the stairs to call my best friend and family to let them know that they needn’t worry for my (near) future.  I’d be a doctoral student, with a nice little scholarship to boot.

After two years of relatively hard work, most of which was in a second language, I celebrated the end of my master’s degree at the Sorbonne, joining the academic ranks of Victor Hugo and Madame Curie (with less radiation poisoning than in the latter’s case).

While my work won’t be turned into a Broadway musical anytime soon – though I’m scoring the first act – I’m still proud to have finished and to be continuing next year without the worry of a thousand student jobs clouding my planner.  I guess I’ll cross off “Quick Burger cashier” and “street performer” off my list of potential jobs this year. 

Now summer can really begin, just as the sun is giving more constant face time in Paris.  The books are closed, at least for a week, and no more proposals, essays, or edits will fill my days from now until the fall, when the real work begins…


  1. Huge congrats, DOCTOR!!!!! How awesome is that? Enjoy your summer break!

  2. Never doubted the French would welcome you into their league of academics! Can't wait to read your work!

  3. Congrats! That is very exciting!

  4. Felicitations from a fellow American expat student.

    Most importantly, no more "sortir la problématique" for 2 months at least! :)

  5. Congratulations on completing the next step of your academic career! Nice work and best wishes in your doctoral program! Enjoy the break before you re-enter indentured-studenthood. :-) Dani (your first interviewee)