March 24, 2005

Oh you Masters of Arts

Filed under: Literati and Cognoscenti — tomemos @ 1:15 am

I just finished my last World War I paper, and even though I still have half of my final exams to grade before I sleep, I think now is the time to announce: I got my MA degree in English yesterday. I gave the committee (three professors) my paper in advance, and we talked about it, and we talked about my plans for the next few quarters and longer-term, and they shook my hand and I had a Masters degree.

What’s funny about getting an MA degree, at least here, is that it basically means that…I have an MA degree. Not much more than that, really. They’ve confirmed that I can keep on working, that my next objective is the qualifying exams. But it doesn’t really change my status. The MA exam is not an exam at all; it’s a pitstop on the Irvine 500.

But I do have an advanced degree now. I will be answering the question “What’s the highest level of education you’ve achieved?” differently on surveys and job applications. Not that I’ll be filling out many job applications, because, y’know, I’ll be at this for a while longer.

And with that I had better get back to work, because in less than 12 hours I leave for the airport to go to France and see my girlfriend. And that’s on par with an MA degree, I can say from experience.



  1. Well done, Tom. Even if it’s only considered a pitstop, it’s still more than most people ever achieve.

    And tomorrow we’ll celebrate PARISIAN-STYLE!

    Comment by julie — March 24, 2005 @ 1:45 am

  2. Tom, you are the Duane Kuiper of MA’s.

    Comment by Bret — March 24, 2005 @ 11:44 am

  3. Get it?

    Comment by Bret — March 24, 2005 @ 11:45 am

  4. Yeah, because Tom, much like Duane, has played for both Cleveland _and_ San Francisco. Or perhaps that he, like Duane, appears in the Electronic Arts game “MVP Baseball 2005?”

    Er, no, I don’t get it.


    Comment by Drew — March 25, 2005 @ 1:56 pm

  5. Wow, that was… abrupt. Congratulations, i suppose, for achieving your degree… in March… without your schedule changing at all… Huh.

    MFAs are different.


    Comment by Brian — March 26, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

  6. congrats!!
    I guess you’re now officially more educated than me, and can pull rank and order me around and stuff.
    Or something.

    Comment by viajes — March 27, 2005 @ 9:37 am

  7. Drew, it’s because Kuiper hit one home run in his whole career. Tom, meanwhile, has “hit” (earned) one “home run” (graduate degree) in his career as well. See? See???

    Comment by Bret — March 29, 2005 @ 2:26 pm

  8. Dude! There was a baseball player named Kuiper? As in the hazy belt of rocky and icey post-Plutonic orbiting objects approximately on the ecliptic, as opposed to the Oort cloud of mostly icey comets? Did he do that on purpose?


    Comment by Brian — March 30, 2005 @ 9:48 am

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