My Second (Kinda Third) Academic Award!

The 2012-2013 school year was tough-tough-tough. I worked really, really hard to the point where everything that wasn’t course-related (including sleep) was demoted to second-class status. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, if rocking back and forth in the fetal position while clutching a copy of Iamblichus’ On The Mysteries isn’t the sign of a nervous breakdown, I’m not sure what is*.

I also had a total crisis (beyond the above mentioned one). Looking ahead to grad school, it seemed if I wanted to keep studying all this groovy ancient religion stuff, my program would require some big changes. While I could certainly see the benefit, I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to the additional coursework, not to mention the extra year of study.  At the same time, I didn’t want to limit myself after graduation.

Finally, I bit the bullet and contacted York’s Classical Studies department. I talked with the program coordinator. I talked with my professors. I even contacted the chair of a potential graduate program. If I was going to switch things up so late in the game, I wanted to be as informed as possible.

This is all a long way of saying what many an undergrad has said before me: I changed my major.

I’d like to believe that the universe provides clues when one is on the right path. Not to say that we get a free ride (certainly not in my case), but that along the way we get a gentle nudge that says “keep going.” Needless to say, I was extremely grateful when I found out I had been given the 2012-2013 Classics Award.

Obviously, I would like to thank Professor Anne-Marie Lewis for this award, as well as for her time and patience. As the Coordinator for the Classical Studies Programme, she endured much blither-blather as I went back and forth over my options with her. Nevertheless, she was always supportive and helpful. I would also like to thank Professor Sarah Blake for sharing her advice as well as suggesting others who could help me with my decision. I’ve been fortunate to take courses from both these professors, and have benefited greatly from their expertise and guidance.

What’s next? More Greek. It’s also time to start Latin…and I still have a few credits to fulfill for my Religious Studies minor. But now it’s time to move forward into the ancient world!

*Sadly, I am not making this story up. It really happened.

10 thoughts on “My Second (Kinda Third) Academic Award!
  1. Congratulations! And I know how the rocking-back-and-forth can be. I was like that with my senior thesis with printouts of my data wondering “whywhywhywhywhywhymeeeeee”.

    1. Thanks!

      I was hesitant to share that story–I’m glad to know I am not the only one who gets super emotional over course work! :)

  2. Congrats on your award, which i first misread as for $350,000, and i bet you wish that was so. I thought you were already a Classics major with a Religious studies minor, unless you already changed your profile completely here.

    1. You guessed right–I changed my bio a couple of months ago after the decision was finalized.

      I so wish that award was for $350,000! I’d be on a beach in Mexico right now if that were the case…or, uh, saving it for future classes.

  3. Congratulations! It is a fantastic feeling to get that little push in the back that encourages you on. As a fellow Post-Grad victim, it can be the one thing that is the difference between a “bugger it, off to work!” and continuing the trial!
    Well done.

    1. Thanks! I’d like to think I can chalk it up to True Will, but if so, it would be one greatly aided by its handmaiden, True Caffeine.

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