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Danielle’s Grad School Update: Second Term, End Of Term


So, you want to go to grad school? Keep reading.I’m officially half way through my Masters program!  w00t!

So what has happened since my midterm update?   A LOT.  This term was among the busiest six weeks of my time as a student. But even though it was incredibly stressful, it was a blast and I learned a ton.

The three conference papers I gave went okay; each one was progressively better than the one before.

The next four months will be busy ones for me. Maybe I’ll eat some cookies and get more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night.

The interesting thing is that the first and third papers were very similar, but the one between them was on a completely different topic.

I can take the experiences from those conferences and utilize them for when I present at the Canadian Anthropology Society’s 2011 conference, The Greening of Anthropology: reconfiguring our work for the 21st century in May.  Not only will there be students there, but also professors and professionals from all over Canada.  I’m excited, but I’m also anxious about presenting too.

I gave two activity presentations (one a dry run and the other the “real thing”) at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on the Algonquin Land Claim, and both were well received by my class, my professor and the professionals at the museum.

What many people find surprising is that I really hate giving any kind of presentation: I tend to get really nervous.   I’m certainly getting better at them, and the nervousness isn’t as bad, but I feel as though I have a long way to go.

For both of my classes this term, I am pleased with the end results of my final papers.  For my Capstone Seminar in Advanced Research in Canadian Studies class, my paper Our ‘Home’ On Native Land:The Vancouver 2010 Olympics and West Coast First Nations’ Land Claim” was included in the inaugural issue of Capstone Seminar Series, which is pretty exciting!  In my Arctic Passages: The Changing Dynamics of Canada’s North class, a version of my final paper, “‘Bearly’ Listening: Traditional Knowledge and Western Science and Their Relationship(s) to Polar Bear Tourism in the Canadian Arctic” is what I will be presenting at the CASCA conference.

Since I finished early in the term (my last paper was due April 11), I have spent the last little while exploring Ottawa with friends. I went on a tour of Parliament, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, Rideau Hall, and of course shared meals and coffee.  I’m a little sad to be leaving the city.

The next four months will be busy ones for me.  I’m teaching a mini university course, presenting at CASCA, researching PhD programs, writing for the TalentEgg Incubator, as well as working on my SSHRC and PhD applications.  And maybe I’ll eat some cookies as well as get more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night.


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