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Wahooooo!

Stick a fork in me, for I am Done! Had my last exam today. . . it was World Music Cultures, with the I.N.P.O.D. As always, a long, detailed exam, this one about Indian music. I know I didn't get everything right, for the listening part was more difficult than usual, and I keep getting my Carnatic vocal genres all mixed up. . . but I don't care. I. Am. Done. Tomorrow, I shall send off Ph.D. applications and pack to go home. On Friday morning, at the absolute butt-crack of dawn, I shall fly home, and then a week later, it's off to the Virgin Islands for my other older cousin's wedding.

Ahhhhhhhh. . . .

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fafojoy
Dec. 22nd, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
Are you done, as in done with the semester, or done, as in done with your Masters? Either way, congratulations! The Virgin Islands sound wonderfully warm.
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Done with the semester. Le Thesis, she is due in March, and I graduate in May.

It's been so cold here for so long that I keep reminding myself that I do have a Caribbean vacation coming up just so I won't start whining.
elliska
Dec. 22nd, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Yeah for you! One more semester to go! You have a great time with family at home and a great time in the islands. You work too hard and you deserve it!
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
One more semester and then. . . a Ph.D. program!

I've never been to a tropical island before, and I can't wait to see if it really does look like all the pictures I've seen.

And if you think I work too hard, you should see Dad Pony. Compared to him, I am a lazy bum.
gwenneth
Dec. 22nd, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, how exciting! Congratulations with the semester. Carnatic vocal genres...yipes I have no idea what that is, but hey, you do and that's what matters! So...yeah...a HUG congrats to you and boy oh boy how awesome it is that you are one semester and Le Thesis away from a master's degree! I have muchas respect for you going through all of that. I haven't broached that possibility yet, though if I want to teach journalism in college, I'll have to do it someday.

*glances up at the post*

And also make damn sure I keep netspeak and run-on sentences and ellipses and exclamation points...and...uhm...well those...in the online world and my proper grammar and punctuation and spelling for the print world.
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
Carnatic music is the classical music of south India (the music of north India is called Hindustani). All of the genres are vocal, even if they're performed instrumentally -- the instruments are performing songs, like playing "O sole mio" on guitar. I have to admit, I don't particularly care for Carnatic music, but that's just a personal thing.
kln1671
Dec. 22nd, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
Congrats! I hope you have a most enjoyable break.
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am so looking forward to it.
kaikias
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
ROCK. *has Helium give you a cupcake*
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Yay cupcake! Thank you!
bodkin_ra
Dec. 22nd, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
Do you wish to PhD in the frozen north? Or do they have programs that appeal in the sun?

The Virgin Islands excursion should be pleasant. A good way to start 2006. And get you prepared for the joys of thesising.

While the INPOD has the delight of marking the exams.
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
I'm applying to the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Columbia, which are located in Chicago, Cambridge (Boston area), and NYC respectively. I'm just a snowbird through and through, I guess. UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) has one of the oldest and most well-regarded ethnomusicology programs in the country. The thing is, if I were to go there, I'd have to spend five years of my life in Los Angeles, and I'd rather chew tinfoil. And the university in my hometown, where I grew up (on campus) and where Dad Pony teaches, has another well-respected ethno program and a professor in my subject area. But I just can't make myself accept the idea of going home and getting a Ph.D. in the same place where I learned to walk.

But yes. Must look forward to the Virgin Islands. They will be a good break -- after all, I've been thesing for months now.
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frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And welcome here! Ancient Armenia is a free and open place.
dot_o_choillmor
Dec. 22nd, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Ah, Carnatic vocal genres. I’m always getting them mixed up too… *cough*

Hurray for being Done! You’re nearly there now! I’ll kind of miss the I.N.P.O.D when you’re gone. You seem like someone perfectly suited to a Ph.D programme. I really admire people that focused and passionate about their subject.

Enjoy the break with your family and have lots of fun in the sunshine. I’m already looking forward to the report of the wedding :-)
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, I know I'm a specialist. But I like to think it just adds to my exotic appeal. Sometimes my ethno friends and I get involved in long, passionate conversations about media theory or the niceties of technique in a musical system few Westerners have ever even heard of, and then we stop, think about what we must sound like, and laugh.

Don't worry. No matter where I end up going for my doctorate, there will be people just as wild and wooly as the I.N.P.O.D. to write about. Ethnomusicology is the kind of field that attracts people like that.
perelleth
Dec. 22nd, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
Go you! One more semester and you´re done! The Virgin island vacation-with-a-wedding seems an appropriate beginnign for such a momentous year! Enjoy yourself! ANd let us know about the wedding...I'm usre ot´s going to be full of anecdotes!
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
New Year's in the Caribbean! I can't hardly wait.
meckinock
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
Carnatic Vocal Gestures in the Butt-Crack of Dawn - what a great title for a PhD thesis.

Have a nice time and wear sunscreen!
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
I shall have to run that one by the I.N.P.O.D. -- at a safe distance, of course. That would be massively entertaining.
dawn_felagund
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
*brandishes fork*

Congratulations! Enjoy your holiday and your trip...it sounds enviably nice! :)
frenchpony
Dec. 22nd, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am so looking forward to this.
saadiira
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
OOOH! Big time congratulations!!

That is so definitely a big, happy thing. Too, whoohoo! NYU..that's right in my neck of the woods. :D.

Harvard isn't so bad, either. Harvard..wow. :D.

Good luck on getting whichever one it is you want the very, very most.

And enjoy the Virgin Islands. Mmm..warm..sun...sand..beeeeach.

-Dira-
frenchpony
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I thought about applying to NYU, but Columbia has a better ethno program, so I applied there. Still in New York, though. My top choice is Chicago, then Harvard, then Columbia. We'll see what happens.

Tropical island in January. . . I can't wait. . .
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