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Lo, The Dead Arise

Behold! Comps are over. I live. In the space of seven days, I have done:

1. Ethnomusicology subject essays (3)
2. Historical essays on the 19th and 20th centuries (3)
3. Single sheet identificatins (12)
4. Conceptual Foundations, three of the most godawful, vaguely phrased, jargon filled essay questions I never hope to see again (3), and
5. Survived the last-minute switching of my modal analysis topic away from the one I had carefully prepared all summer, to research and write, in the total space of 72 hours, a reasonably coherent, ten-and-a-half-page paper on the development of a modal system based on a different modaly system about which I knew, and still know, absolutely nothing.

Comps are over, at least until callbacks. But I'm not going to think about callbacks now. I'm just going to go outside and blink in wonderment at the strange yellow light in the sky. They tell me it's called "the sun."


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Sep. 17th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you survived! Especially as they switched topics on you. Welcome back.

Sep. 18th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm still a little stunned at the whole thing, but now I've got the bragging rights.
Sep. 17th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Dear me, you do deserve some nice, relaxing time in the sunshine. Life is also about enjoying oneself!
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Life is also about enjoying oneself!

What? Enjoying oneself? Here at the University of Chicago, Where Fun Comes To Die?

Actually, we do a fair amount. The graduate music students' social group scheduled a pizza-and-alcohol get-together for teatime today in part to welcome the comps survivors back to the living.
Sep. 17th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)

Just in time for Sucot:)
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Ah, well. I did have to give Rosh Hashana a miss this year. But it's not like I can ever afford tickets anyway.
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
You know what I forgot about Rosh Hashana? The cards. And the apples and honey, too.
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
hurray for making it!!

enjoy the sun. ;-)
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
The sun was wonderful. And the alcohol that GMS served was also wonderful. I'll tell you all the horror stories on Thursday.
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
i won't be there. remember them to tell me in october!!
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
French Pony is back!

Now go and sleep.
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I am back, and better than ever. Or, will be. Now I can get my Swedish massage, start interesting classes and look forward to your visit in October.
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You definitely deserve a stiff drink and some sunshine!
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Fortunately, I got both. Though I think another stiff drink is still in order, even though the sun has set.
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)

The sun, it is a wonderful thing to behold:)

As it is sung:

"Thou sun with golden beams,
And moon with paler rays;
Ye starry lights, ye twinkling flames,
Shine to your Maker’s praise."

Sep. 18th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Ha! Perhaps I shall call that on Thursday. That and "Sweet Rivers." That'll be good.
Sep. 17th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
They can switch topics on you? That doesn't seem right.

But it's all done now, huzzah!

I forgot to post the following on my journal (where I would have checked the spelling. Here it's approximate but, one hopes, recognizable).

L'shanah tovah!
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Technically, they're not supposed to switch the topic, which is why I will try and meet with that professor relatively soon to say, "yo, what up wit' that?" I will probably get a nice friendly answer. If not, I will sic GMS on them.

I spent Rosh Hashana taking tests, but at least it wasn't Yom Kippur. That would have sucked with a special kind of suckage.
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)

(Am too pooped from my own stuff to say much more than that - but did want to let you know how incredibly proud [if not at all surprised] that someone I knew survived comps. Give me hope for my own upcoming ones. Go enjoy the sun and drinks, it's August, and in Chicago the former at least is a luxury you may not have in a month.)
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Oooh, when do you have to take comps? I'll be rooting for you all the way.

Go enjoy the sun and drinks, it's August,

September, but who's counting? If it were August, I'd still have comps looming over my head.
Sep. 18th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
We schedule our comps individually. We just sit in a room at a word processor and type up our answers. There's much less the communal "we survived it!" feeling, but at least we can do it on our own terms. I hope to take the first of two parts by the end of October, but if I'm not ready I can put it off.

And *snickers* that just shows how out of it I am. I've been a bit under the weather, and decongestants mean I'm a little less than coherent these days.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm tired just from reading this.
Sep. 19th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Yesterday and today we're having TA training. Tomorrow I get to sack out and do nothing. And I am going to enjoy every minute of it.

I did go and get that massage yesterday. It was everything I hoped it would be. Best birthday money ever spent.
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