There really aren’t enough hours in a day. I sometimes question why we actually have to waste valuable hours sleeping, but I have yet to learn how to get by with less than 6 hours a night. I’m leaving for London next weekend (!!) and while I’m beyond excited to get back for graduation, I have so much to do before then. Aside from packing and prep work for my actual time in London, I’m also working on paring down my dissertation for submission to an academic journal. In its current state, it’s 10,000 words and definitely contains too much fluff for a journal. I’m trying to cut it by half (if not more) to prep it for submission. On the bright side, this will certainly be a valuable exercise in finding the core of my research and getting to the root of the issue.
That aside, I have decided to apply for a PhD in the UK for the coming year. With the application date looming (it’s due by the end of January), I’m working on getting a research proposal drawn up and getting my application completed. Additionally, the time has come for me to ask my professors for letters of recommendation and I’m hoping that they can somehow put together incredibly convincing letters for the admissions committee at the university. Since they have requested three academic letters of recommendation, I am considering asking an undergraduate professor to write up the third letter. I’m crossing my fingers (and having my grandmother pray to every saint under the sun) that I will be able to receive funding. Without funding, the likelihood that I would even be able to accept a university’s offer is pretty slim (though I’m getting ahead of myself — getting accepted to the programme would be magic in and of itself). While there’s a lot to be done, I’m trying not to stress myself out too much. I’m so excited about heading back to London in nine short days! I’ve been missing my LSEers so much during the last two months, it’ll be amazing to reconnect with everyone during our graduation ceremony!
Let the countdown begin!