This, ladies and gentlemen, is a very relieved blogger.
After doing everything you're not supposed to do in writing a thesis all summer (delaying the actual writing till the last two weeks, and then suddenly working an extra 20 hours when a certain todd let's nursery was shut last week, and then getting horrifically sick as soon as I theoretically had time), the dissertation is complete at 10,523 words.
While I haven't been actually writing all summer, the theorising, data collection, and topic tweaking has been going on since January. Theoretically, I think it's more original than my MSU thesis on MENA food and water, so it probably represents a more exciting intellectual project than the other, though it was a less involved total commitment. We will see what my supervisor thinks...this dissertation advising process has deliberately been much less involved than my MSU one was. My supervisor hasn't seen drafts, or even heard the fully fleshed out theoretical framework. Which is all the more exciting because it's an expansion of a theory he originated. So we'll see how that goes! It's a real page-turner, let me tell you...let me know if you want a copy. ;) Watching "Ramblings with Rebecca" will pretty much do the job for you, though.
In any case, she's finished. Next on the list:
-Transitioning off the International Office staff. I'm putting planning for a North American Thanksgiving mixer in place and responding to my last student enquires. I'll only be in the office twice more!
-Planning the 7th International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony with the aforementioned dissertation supervisor. It's going to involve the theoretical reworking presented in my thesis.
-Packing and moving to Edinburgh (!!!!!). We have to be out of uni residences this Sunday. I'll be staying with Anne-Marie for a week and then roadtripping to Edinburgh with mates.