Monday, March 28, 2011

Money? yes. Strings? no.

Now that I'm basically decided to go do this crazy thing, the reality of the cost has been trying to set in. There aren't a ton of options for grants, etc to help out, though. There's one through my department, which could help nicely, but at the same time they expect you to write a paper to try to get published or to submit to a conference... and I don't want to have to worry about that in Morocco. I want to go with one thing to focus on: learning the language. And the culture. And meeting people. Ok, three things - you see how complicated it is with just that!?

Last summer I worked at the study abroad office (yay!) and worked on my thesis (hard.) I really do enjoy working on things that aren't related to my classes during the summer, but combining it with spending my out-of-work hours on my thesis made me go AGGGGHHHHHHKKKK. When classes started back up in August I was already fried and uninterested. I don't want that to happen again. The 2011-2012 school year should be my last year of classes. After that, I will be free to dissertate to my heart's content. Or my committee members hearts' content, more likely.

Why don't people offer me FREE money without the strings? :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

How's this sound?

I think I might go to Morocco this summer. Fes, to be exact. (I always thought it was Fez, but it gets more search results with an 's'. Ok.) Oh, and I would go to learn Arabic. To use for my dissertation.