One Step Closer: The Comprehensive Exam

Days to graduation: 26


There comes a time in most grad students’ lives where they must complete the capstone project or vault over a major hurdle in their quest to attain their degree. For some, this is an internship…for others, a thesis defense…

Yesterday, I took the comprehensive examination. Four and a half hour of typing answers into a computer, hoping that the semi-intelligent word barf that spewed from my fingers answered the questions that I had crafted the month before. I answered things ranging from research, to high and low context cultures, to crisis management and apologia, and even meme theory. I crossed a lot of subject content into my answers that I had studied in the past, such as education, earth science and biology.

I have no idea when I’ll get a verdict. I’m trying not to obsess. I’ve been at this for nine semesters; hopefully the fruits of my labor (and a program change and a quarterlife crisis) will yield to something great. So I’m just gonna go enjoy this sunny and 75 degree day that’s going on and worry about it later.

Best of luck to those grad students doing comps/defenses/internships! May the odds be in your favor, along with osmosis…



4 thoughts on “One Step Closer: The Comprehensive Exam

  1. examiningdisney April 13, 2015 / 2:29 PM

    Good luck! Fingers crossed for you. I’m a relatively new follower – do you mind if I ask what degree you’re pursuing?

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    • rundisneybelle14 April 13, 2015 / 11:05 PM

      Hi there!! *waves*

      I’m going for my MA in Communication Studies. I started grad school in spring of 2011 focusing on my M.Ed, realized I didn’t want to be a teacher, then changed my program six semesters later and started studying Communications. After being in grad school for what seems like an eternity, I’m glad to finally be almost done!

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      • examiningdisney April 15, 2015 / 3:11 PM

        Congratulations! I figured it was education, psychology, or communications judging by the books in the photo, haha.

        I’m really enjoying your blog, by the way! One of my goals is to get into good enough shape to feel comfortable enough to do a Disney race, and your posts are getting me motivated! 🙂

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      • rundisneybelle14 April 15, 2015 / 11:40 PM

        Daaaaaaaaaaaw! *fuzzies* That makes me so happy to hear! I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts. I’ve been blogging a little bit more recently because comps are over and I figured everyone deserved to know what happened during the Glass Slipper weekend. I’m so excited that you want to do a Disney race!! I figure any of the races that are available to run would be great for your first. The 2013 PHM was my very first race EVER. If you can dream it, you can do it. 🙂


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