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Big Decisions

25 Oct

Things are going along well here. Yesterday, I had my first Research Forum (basically a program touchstone where they bring in guest speakers, we can talk about our thesis, take field trips, etc) and my first German class in 15+ years. Our German teacher seems fantastic. She teaches language in an entirely different way then I’ve ever been taught a language. I really enjoyed her class and I think everyone else did too. There was lots of laughing and joking but don’t get me wrong – she rammed in a lot of German too. 

Part of what we talked about in the research forum was about the decision rather to do a thesis or a final exam. I’m currently on the thesis track which means less classes now but requires working on a thesis at the same time. We also have the option of picking a subject of focus and taking a massive intensive test on it. That means more classes now and more papers due in each class. Basically, the thought process is if you ever want to go on to get a Doctorate, it’s best to do a thesis. If you just want the MA, than a final exam is fine. Honestly, I am still debating what to do. At the moment, I’m leaning towards the thesis track because I will be able to research, in-depth, the topic of my choice. The big catch though is we have to find a professor here at the University of Haifa who is willing to supervise us. It’s OUR responsibility to find and approach the professor. If they are too busy or uninterested, it doesn’t matter if they are the only professor working in their subject field, if they turn you down – you can’t do a thesis on that subject. It’s a bit worrisome. We have until August to decide which track to do but obviously, I need to make my decision MUCH sooner.

I think I will take this month to research my area of interest, see what has been done in the area, find if there are any professors on campus who have researched in that area and go from there. If it looks doable – I will stick with the thesis. It’s only a 70 page thesis – not including bibliography. The thesis proposal alone is nearly 15 pages. Given that for the thesis track – we also have to do two seminar pages of 30 pages each on the course of our choice, which can be focused on the subject of our choosing – it would be possible to have most of the thesis finished before ever leaving campus. I would have until November 2014 to turn in my thesis, however, I’d hope to have it completed much sooner! Decisions, decisions!

One thing I’m really looking forward to in the Research Forum is learning about internship opportunities on Sunday. I am very interested in doing an internship. They are bringing in a ton of people to talk to us about what’s available. In two weeks time, we will find out more information about volunteering, which is required for one of my scholarships. I think I will definitely be busy but I am looking forward to the challenge and finding my groove.