Last Friday, I sent two more papers away for my doctoral work. These papers represent another semester in the bag. That is now 5 completed semesters in the Ed.D. program. 5 semesters? It is really hard to believe.
So here are the ways things stand: I started semester 6, the final course work semester, January 1. This semester is somewhat different than the others. I have one class, Analysis of Empirial Methods, and then my Comprehensive Exams. I will be taking those March 8-10. After that, I have some initial work due for my dissertation prospectus and then the seminars are completely finished. By mid-May, I will be done taking classes.
Now, I am not saying that I will never go back to school. Book nerds love school…so there is a very good chance I will find something else to study. But the potential of being done FOREVER is starting to sound really good to me. Since I was in kindergarten, there has only been 2 years in my life that I have not been in school full-time.
I started school when I was 5. I am 30 now. So that puts me in the 23rd grade. 12 years k-12, 4 yrs in college, 5 yrs in seminary, 2 years in doctoral work. When I am finished with my dissertation (whenever that is), I will be logging somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 years of school AFTER high school.
That may be just entirely too much book learn’n.