This blog has been on a little bit of a hiatus as I was working on completing the biggest project of my life, i.e. –
It was a very, very difficult semester, with lots of challenges and victories and stress and exhaustion and tears. If you’ve ever had to take comp exams, you’ll probably forgive me for not updating this blog in a while…among all the other things that kind of fell by the wayside these past couple of months.
I have to say that this, more than anything, is something I really feel like I earned. I worked so hard for this, completing a degree in four semesters (while also working full time, thankyouverymuch), and it is beyond rewarding and satisfying to have something real to show for all the hard work.
And now, I think, I can officially call myself a linguist 😀
Something amazing happened to me – the day after I took my comp exams, the day when I was FINALLY done with all of my assignments and studying, the day I felt like I was walking taller because a weight had been lifted from my shoulders…on that day, I took a long, lazy lunch and read a book – about linguistics. I am so happy to discover that not even the pain and stress of grad school can ruin the joy and fascination I have with the languages of the world. And I’m so happy and proud that I’m on a path to making languages my career.
And on that note, back to blogging! And none too soon – there are some very exciting things coming up in just the next few days! I’ll write about it soon, but in case you want a sneak peek, check out this blog post. As the blogger and development officer for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages puts it, “For the next two weeks, the National Mall will be one of the most linguistically interesting places on the planet.” And the National Mall is my backyard!