Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Not Ready Yet

I just realized that the spring semester started today, and I'm not ready for that yet. I still can't look at books or even get near them even though they are practically all around the apartment. This is the first time that I don't feel like studying again after taking a break, and the other thing that feels weird is that I don't really have classes this semester. All my work now is meeting with my director and writing my thesis, no classes and homeworks, and no classmates to talk with. I was wondering that maybe this is why I don't feel ready for the semester since I don't really have a "semester". Another thing, I'm graduating in May, which I don't want to even think about right now because I've always liked being a student and I'll have to be something else when I graduate.

So, I've been absent from the blog world for a very long time now and I don't have a real excuse this time except for saying that I have been rebooting from the past semester's work all this time! I did nothing but sleeping, watching tv, and sleeping some more!

I just realized that I used the word "time" many "times"!!! :D
Isn't there another word?!

I haven't started the actual work on the thesis yet, but I have been preparing for the topic and materials since summer. At the beginning I decided to write about Oscar Wild and the New Woman movement in the late 19th century, and I started reading about the topic and collecting materials, but I was short on that and I reached a dead end. So I had to change it. Fall semester started and the first novel I read was Jane Austen's Emma, and then it hit me: there is nothing better than writing about Jane Austen, especially when the interest in her novels is ever increasing all the time. So I talked to the professor of this course who is also my thesis director and she said that I can find many things to write about concerning Austen and her novels. So a new search was in session, and I started getting all those books on Austen's life and her novels and many other related topics. I know she is not a feminist and she wouldn't even consider herself so, but her novels certainly have many similar aspects. And that's what I'm going to write about. Luckily, PBS channel started a Jane Austen movies' marathon yesterday in which they will play all of the movies depicted from the six novels that she wrote. I watched Persuasion yesterday and I liked it a lot. My friend said that it's not the same as the novel at all, but I still liked it. Right now, I'm reading The Jane Austen Book Club.

Oh, did I mentioned that I went to New York last week? I went by myself but I met my friend there. I had a great time and visited so many places in two days. The trip was actually three days but the third day was for traveling back, it's about an hour and a half on plane, but it took me about three hours on the bus to get to the airport because it's located in another city.
This will need another post, with pictures of course!


Countdown has begun!

36 comments:

Yoda said...

I wish you all the best Inshallah.

Keep on good work

Rami said...

we will wait your photos and new post about New York trip.
Rami

David said...

Hi Morbido, it sounds like you will have a big change of pace this semester! Even though you don't have classes, I hope you can find ways to get out and socialize. Is it possible that you could find a part time job on campus where you can interact with other students? Or maybe just some part time activities? I remember many times when I was in school that spending a little time with friends or just other people helped me to feel more motivated to study. Its just a thought.

If you really like being a student, why do you have to stop? Have you thought about applying to any Ph.D. programs? A doctoral student can usually get their tuition paid plus a stipend for living expenses in exchange for being a research or teaching assistant. Of course, I don't know everything about your circumstances. Would your Visa allow you to stay beyond two years to continue your education?

I have not read any books by Jane Austin, but I have seen most of the movies that were made from her books. I found them to be a fascinating glimpse into history and the lives of women of her time. The society was so restrictive for women, but some of her characters were able to find their own path that led to more freedom and happiness. I hope you will enjoy learning more about her for your thesis. :)

I'm glad you had a great time in New York and got to spend time with your friend there. :) I will look forward to your next post and the pictures.

Jeffrey said...

Morbido,

Hey, really happy to see a new post from you. I can't count the number of times I stopped by to see if you had blogged. Anyway, over at Iraqi Bloggers Central I speculated a bit on the lack of recent posts in the Iraqi blogosphere and mentioned you along with the others:

Decline and Fall of the Iraqi Blogosphere?

I remember back when you it looked like you weren't going to get into graduate school here. How long ago was that?

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programmer craig said...

I agree with David! If you enjoy being a student, why stop!? We have many professional students in the United States, so you'll fit right in :)

Can you do that? I mean, can you extend your student visa without having to return to Iraq first? If so, I think you should.

Jeffrey said...

Morbido,

Scroll down this website page and you can see a photo of the small table at which Jane Austen wrote her novels and correspondence:

Letter Writing in Jane Austen's Time.

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Yoda said...

Just came to say good luck.


YoDa

Anonymous said...

Will you be going back to Iraq this summer or staying in the U.S.?

John said...

Yes, why not apply to graduate school? You have the talent and intelligence.

attawie said...

نوت ردي!! مو دمرتيني
اني مسافره و انت ماكو :(
لا تتأخرين علينا بأخبارج

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