My conclusion section, verbatim:

The researcher has no idea what she’s doing.

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Writing papers

I’ve finally finished most of my other school work, so this paper can now take my full attention. Since it has been a while since I’ve really blogged, I thought I’d take some time out of my paper to write an entry.

First off, all that time of blogging-silence was spent frantically transcribing last-minute interviews and bother Nathalie about it. I’ve finally finished that process, or as much of it as can be done in time for graduation; I only have 6 or 7 out of my 8 interviews transcribed but I’m happy with what I’ve done. Or what Nathalie has so kindly fixed and made presentable out of what I’ve done (Thanks Nathalie!!!). After I turn in my paper, I’m going to dedicate an entire blog post to extolling the virtues of the lovely Dr. Dajko, so get ready for it readers. The sentiment might make you puke.

Most of my attempts at this final paper so far, are really just attempts at reorganization. This is the single longest paper I’ve written for my undergraduate college career, and my issues with the length aren’t so much that I don’t want to write that much, but that I’m confusing myself trying to remember what went where.  Over 15 pages and we’re just getting unwieldy, Professors!  I can’t even imagine writing a 300+ page dissertation.

In other news, I gave my poster presentation of the “process” of this project last week and gave my presentation for Dr. Lastinger’s class this week, which went well, I think.  Dr. Lastinger seemed to like it anyway, and for a student presentation, I think a lot of my audience enjoyed it well.  I presented a Powerpoint of the history/culture of French-speaking Louisiana as well as a brief outline of what I’ve been trying to do with this project all year.  I showed the class some of the interviews and most of them were pretty impressed by the language.  Then we had a short little discussion and I was done!  I tend to get really nervous before French presentations and stress about it all the way to the end, but like I said, I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.  I think it was a pretty good presentation.

Now, all that’s left is this paper!  My little 10-minute break is done, so I gotta get back to sorting this mammoth out.  I’ll catch y’all up later!

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I know it has been a really, really long time since I’ve updated this 😦 I’m sorry to my faithful two readers. As many of you know, I’m graduating in two weeks and so nearly every waking moment has been spent on final projects or trying to catch a breath between tests and presentations.

Also, I haven’t really had a lot to blog about recently. I’ve had to put this project on hold for a week or two while I put that final effort into the rest of my classes and projects. I’m almost done with those, however, and soon my attention will again be fully given to this project. I still have most of the analysis and paper to write (in a week. gaaahhhhhhhhhhhh) and I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say or to complain about in the near future.

Until that time, I’m working on a multimedia reporting project about LARPers, or Live Action Role Players (look it up, it will fascinate you), and a Power Point presentation about this project for my French capstone.

Thanks for keeping up with this blog during such a long hiatus. I see those little hits-per-day markers, and, thankfully, at least someone still seems to be interested 🙂

I’ll come back in two days or so, but until then, I’ll leave you with this fun bit of news: I have a joooooobbbbbb!!!!!!!!!!

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looooong day

I just sent some more transcriptions to Dr. Dajko, after three hours trying to fix up around 5 or 6 minutes. That is all.

Oh, also: It is way too hot in Morgantown. What is going on?

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Panicking again

So I’m a little behind (story of my life) and that’s why I’ve sort of taken a break from this blog for a bit. Also, it was Spring Break.

But I’ve mostly been working on this final paper and redoing some very shoddy transcription attempts. I was supposed to have the first draft of the paper to Dr. Hazen the Friday before Spring Break, and I still haven’t turned it in 😦

Now, I’m planning for the end of this week. I’ve got about 12 pages now, but quickly into trying to put this together realized that I still hadn’t fixed about three of my transcriptions, so I’ve been working on those instead.

I feel like we’re steam rolling towards graduation now, and I don’t like it. I WILL NEVER GET EVERYTHING DONE.

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oh the drudgery of writing when i don’t want to!

flip-flopped pedestrians mock me from outside the prison of the blue moose cafe and my laptop.

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I’m getting ready to start my final paper and have spent the last two hours reading about “so.” Reading, reading, reading.

I’m a little lost on how to start this final paper, and the last time I wrote one was in the 9th grade.  Where the proposal was kind of straight forward, with specific sections, I think my final paper is supposed to integrate more.  How, it is supposed to be integrated, I’m not really sure.  Dr. Hazen sent me some example papers to look at, which I’m going to open as soon as I finish this  post.

I still have some transcriptions to finish and show my professors/Dr. Dajko to check over, but right now we’re beginning the final paper crunch.

Also, for you WVU folk, does anyone know anything about graduating from the Honors College?  ’cause I’m confused about that as well, and not really sure that it would be worth the effort…

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