I just completed my 2nd year of graduate school. I passed my comprehensive masters exam and graduated with my Masters of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. This fall I am continuing in the Southern Methodist University’s PhD program for Cultural Anthropology.
(I am at the point where I am still having to remind myself I actually have my masters and then proceeding to do a little happy dance)
Massive hurdle overcome, I am currently preparing to go into the field and conduct my preliminary fieldwork. This means two months in Ireland beginning my hands on research. The healers I plan to work with don’t advertise to the public or have their numbers listed in the yellow pages so this summer’s research is going to begin by covering a lot of ground and investigating the project’s potential.
I am both incredibly excited and nervous at the same time.
I was very lucky to receive funding from an endowment to the Anthropology Department at SMU for my summer research. I have my expedited IRB all but approved. (I only needed to add three small details). But somehow, I still feel like there is some key piece of advice or preparation I am missing. However, I am guessing this is just nerves and anticipation. After all, I was lucky enough to have an entire course of anthropology methods this spring.
One more week of preparation…. I leave June 6 and I plan to keep my blog up to date with photos and posts about my research while it is happening.
Wish Me Luck!