…is the day I walk across the stage after listening to a round of inspiring speeches and receive my BA Hons in English. The letters have been behind my name for the past 4 months, but having the piece of paper that says it is so, will solidify my relationship with my academic career. The time (6.5 years–if you don’t count the fact that I enrolled when I was 17 (and didn’t go to my classes)) actually flew by rather fast. There were times when I never thought I’d get done, times where the classes were overwhelming (Logic 100–it was formal logic (ech!)) and the full-time work/family just didn’t seem to mesh. There were times where I thought I’d never survive ( June 2004). But, alas in reflection, I lean back in my computer chair, type these words and think, it wasn’t that hard. It wasn’t that bad. In fact, maybe it was just right.

The ceremony is a bit subdued for me as I’m continuing on with my academic career by pursuing a MA in English with a Creative Thesis, a new program offered by the University of Regina this fall. I’m looking forward to the new program and the chance to be one of the first ones to dip my toes into the academic/creative creation. I’m hoping I remember how to swim by the time fall comes around. But, as I think right now, how hard can it be?

15 thoughts on “TODAY

  1. Congratulations again.

    You’ll be my inspiration as I try to balance my own full-time work/family when I go back for my Masters this fall.

    If you can do it, then maybe (just maybe) so can I.

  2. Thanks Anita–Woohoo indeed!

    Thanks KA! I hope to see you at your mentorship reading and maybe a Woohoo for you too!

    Thanks A! It was thrilling to walk across the stage (while hoping not to drop the hood, turn on my ankle, trip on the carpet, drop my degree, worrying all the while about who to shake hands with, and who not to) and it was very, very satisfying.

  3. ola from Spain!
    congratulations Tracy, make sure you really enjoy the moment… it´s no small thing to complete a degree… jump hoops, do the work, stick with it etc. especially raising a family and working… well done… I skipped my undergrad ceremony but made it to my master´s and felt really great accepting that piece of paper…


    now I´ll go out and raise a glass of Rioja in your honour… and yes, Spain is everything a person imagines it to be!

  4. Thanks Suzanne! I’ve been following the pilgrimage and it sounds like a great adventure so far. Good luck trekking!

  5. What a trail! I went to Uni at one month over 18,
    and nearly dropped out after the first year.
    The number of times I told myself I was getting out of it – right to the end.

    Still doing courses.

    Hope to do another Canadian programme soon.

    In need of a haircut – retrospectively.

    Well done (Sounds a bit English)!

  6. Congrats, Tracy! You’ve worked very hard for the B.A., and I’m sure you’ll enjoy grad school, especially given the creative thesis option. Nice.

Comments are closed.