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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Getting giddy at AERA

Today was the second day in a row that I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet those academics and researchers that have been considering virtual high schools. The chance to discuss the projects that I have been and am currently involved in with these individuals, to bounce my ideas off of these individuals, and to have these individuals actually acknowledge the value of these projects and ideas.

As a Canadian, I have found these oppportunities akin to being a ten year old hockey player, who on his way to the dressing room, has the great Wayne Gretzky walks up to him and says "Great game kid!"

While I realize that I'm a second year doctoral student, months from being the infamous "all but dissertation" and only a couple of years from being a faculty colleague to many of these individuals, there's still something new and exhilarating about it all the same. Maybe I'm just a big kid at heart... :)



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