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Now It Can Be Told

Now it can be told -- Comps results are in!

I passed four out of the five exams. I passed Ethnographic Essays, Single Sheets, ConFounds, and Modal Analysis. Yay, go me! I failed the 19th/20th Century History exam, but that's not such a big deal. In fact, of the five exams, it's the best one to have failed, for the following reasons:

1) I get to take it over next fall, which means that
2) I now have a whole year to study for it,
3) without the distraction of studying for the other four tests at the same time.
4) I know what I did wrong, and the extra year will help me correct that.
5) It's not embarrassing to fail it, like Ethno Essays (your subject test) and Single Sheets, but
6) It's not scary to retake it, like ConFounds, which I passed by dumb luck, or Modal Analysis, where I wouldn't get the gimp test second time around.

All in all, I think I did fairly well. Two of the other ethnoids also have to retake the history exam, so I'm in good company. Not bad. Not bad at all.


Oct. 13th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Were they actually so cruel as to call them "deficiencies," or was that just a student nickname for them?

I've heard that lots of people in our music department end up retaking one or two comps. It's not such a big deal.
Oct. 13th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Were they actually so cruel as to call them "deficiencies," or was that just a student nickname for them?

Nope, that was the name. They posted a list of how many deficiencies each student got, in what area and which professor had given them and then you signed up for an appointment time with the prof (sign up sheet next to the deficiency list) to discuss what you would be required to do to fix it. That was for both Masters Comps and PhD qualifying exams. Graduate school was a humbling experience.
Oct. 14th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)

I'm so glad we don't have to do that here at the U of C. It makes retaking the exam look so much more appealing now.


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