I am a Master!
I successfully defended my MA thesis Online Music Communities: Challenging Sexism, Capitalism, and Authority in Popular Music a week-and-a-half ago. The defence was rigorous and lengthy, but instructive as a result. I think I will take some time away from it before I look at it again and decide whether or not to post it for all to see.
It was a curious feeling, finishing the MA. After all, I spent two years of my life working on it and at times it was to the detriment of my sanity and interpersonal relationships. I felt at once relieved and proud. Throughout the process I had felt the constant nag of ‘work’, even when I was supposed to be ‘relaxing’ or ‘taking time off’. Among the myriad things I learned about my topic, I learned something else, perhaps a little more abstract, but nonetheless something that I feel is important to pursuing my career and life successfully in academia: I have to make sure to structure my time so as to permit some real ‘time off’! I need to learn to make ‘work’ work and ‘play’ play as I pursue my PhD.
Big thanks also to my esteemed editors: Susan Aitken, Claire Blaustein, Basil Chiasson, and Valérie Savard for their input—it would have been a far poorer thesis without you!
Now, onto the PhD, yeesh! (I don’t know any heavy metal tunes about doctors, anyone?)