My First Academic Award!

Last month, I opened my mailbox to quite a surprise: A letter from the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University. I had no idea what was in the envelope. My best guess was that it was a reference letter from one of my professors. Or maybe I’d been added to a mailing list for a promotional campaign.

Never could I have known what was really inside—a notice informing me that I had won an award! This was a bit of a shock. I had written an essay on the Kabbalah for my Jewish Thought and Culture course, and though my professor had made mostly positive comments about the paper, I had no idea it made any sort of impression beyond the general coursework. I certainly had no idea that it was put forward for consideration at the awards committee.

To be honest, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I really believe that the universe rallies to let you know when you are on the right track, and up until this point, I was really questioning the whole ‘going back to school’ thing. Over the past couple of years, The Husband and I have had to adjust to a new reality, one that seems to have less to do with opening doors than beating one’s head against a brick wall. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say I really, really needed some sort of confirmation that the sacrifices we were making weren’t in vain. This award was it.

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Professor Eric Lawee for putting me up for this award. He is an awesome prof who knows his stuff and is talented enough to make medieval Jewish philosophy enjoyable and interesting. (That’s a compliment, not an insult!) Of course, I am also grateful to the Mida family for generously sponsoring this award and, by extension, my academic career. Finally, I would like to thank the awards committee at the Centre for Jewish Studies for this validation of my hard work.

Onwards and upwards!

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