Well, I have finished one entirely. The others are coming along. The writing sample is the toughest thing to arrange, though. I’m trying to send off some pages of my thesis, but of course that requires having polished at least the first chapter of said thesis, which is something I’m… progressing towards. The weeks seem to be ticking by shockingly quickly now, and deadlines are fast approaching. And still, there is journal publication to keep in the back of my mind (must call in a designer to the ed board meetings at some point), not to mention the HR seminar, which although biweekly, does seem to stack up with a fair amount of reading. I’m supposed to have the first chapter in in a week’s time, in time for us to discuss it pre-Thanksgiving, I think, so I suppose that in a week’s time all of my other grad school applications will be finished too. That will be a joyous event!
Plus it will give me just enough time to take two breaths before I have to sort myself out for presenting one of my papers (on medieval romances) at this conference. It’s kind of exciting. I wish there were more undergraduate conferences and more support for undergraduates trying to present at or otherwise attend them, though. Even at Harvard, there is no funding (that I can seem to find) for undergraduates to help defray travel costs, etc. Well, maybe there will be. The program administrator has promised to look into it. I suppose people don’t ask him about it all that often!