Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Comprehensive Exam Land

Well, I think I am as ready as I'm going to be able to make myself for the exam tomorrow. I had a terrifically productive day of condensing my thoughts on liberation theology and Tillich into write-able concepts in the 4 hours I'll have to write them. I created 'cognitive maps' of the main ideas for each one. The Gutierrez one is lots of pictures. The Tillich one is still lots of words. I hope to have these maps memorized. Then as soon as I go into the room I will write them out on paper and work off of them. I need something exterior to my own head to keep me on track.

I also spent a good part of the day actually writing my responses to the questions I hope (I hope!!!) I'll be answering. This was a great thing to do--to help me get it all into my own words before I have to sit and do it for real. It helps to see that it was possible. And that it could be said. And to see about how long each of my answers were while not under duress.

Now tonight I'm making chicken and dumplings for dinner. Comfort food, anyone? And I'll plan to take it easy tonight--probably write out the maps a bunch of times. Then I'll let sleep do her work tonight. Review in the morning. And head over for the exam a little before noon.

Any and all prayers--for calm, confidence, clarity of thought would be deeply appreciated.

2 comments:

Katherine said...

Ooooh, you are definitely in my prayers. Evry' time I feel the PhD spirit, I think about this sort of experience and my heart moves in another direction!

JWD said...

Well, don't let that be the case! It's all just bla, bla, bla. :-) It's not very glamorous, but it is possible.