Sheesh!! I have very little idea what has been going on in the world/life outside of my dissertation lately. I have been frantically trying to meet with my committee chair and research methodologist (mission accomplished on both scores) prior to my departure for Chile de nuevo. I noticed that my blogging has been a little thin for September, but for good reason. I returned to the United States in August and have been trying to update my committee, family, and friends about my experiences abroad. I now look back on this blog and simply cannot believe that this has been my experience for almost two years now.
September saw me at my most productive state, turning out two research manuscripts that I submitted to Adult Education Quarterly (AEQ) and the Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice journals. I also had been waiting with great anticipation to learn of my fate in application for a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. I found out yesterday that my application was not successful this time. There still remains a silver-lining as that particular fellowship provides its applicants with review feedback relative to their proposal submissions. So I am looking forward to reading those results to find out how I can better structure grant/fellowship applications moving forward. I also learned today that the American Education Research Association (AERA) has a Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research. Those funds, among other things, allow doctoral candidates support in the writing of their dissertation. I am definitely going after that fellowship. One of the things that I am learning in this scholarly journey is that submitting for these grants helps you to not only become a more concise writer, it provides scaffolding for other potential research proposal. So, I’ve gotten over my recent rejection (took a few hours) and am moving forward. That is largely because I just LOVE my research/dissertation topic!! I really believe I have a real opportunity to make a substantive contribution to my field on matters of civic engagement, social justice, adult learning and development, as well as, international adult education. Thank you Chile! 🙂
So, as I prepare to place my things in storage, ride my motorcycle as much as possible before October 1st, it’s generally been a good season for me. I miss my friends and Chilean family (especially my office mates and Zumba sisters). ❤ I will return to Chile until the new year and I am hard pressed to get folks to take my survey. I’ve collected and analyzed my qualitative data (I’m doing a mixed methods study) and am going to be pounding the pavement in the northern Chile region to get my surveys completed. I wish I could transfer my excitement to would-be volunteers so that they would flock to completing my survey. Alas, I am learning that academic research takes tenacity, diplomacy, and a LOT of patience. Mine continues to grow everyday. Thanks for reading! 🙂 I leave you with some recent pics from my doings in Athens, Georgia over the last few months.
Had the opportunity to share with incoming doctoral students my experiences as a student in the Adult Education Learning and Organization Development (AELOD) program at UGA. As you can see, we enjoy acronyms. It’s hard to believe that I was sitting in their position a seemly short four years ago. Our graduate student organization UGALLA has been a great support to me during my years at UGA. I will always try to be there to support its activities whenever possible. There was an exciting group of news students there as well as our awesome departmental faculty (as per usual). 🙂
As I mentioned earlier I have a motorcycle (Honda Rebel 250) and I nicknamed her “Hondura”. I sometimes I leave campus in the evenings and am not always sure what time it is when I’m riding. So I decided to get this little digital clock that sticks to my bike via Velcro. Thanks 3M, that invention is one of the best of the twentieth century. Ha ha 😛
This is a better view of my bike. I had the engine rebuild and the transmission redone. My brother told me I should just junk it and buy a new bike, but NO!! This is my first motorcycle and I’m keeping Hondura forever!
So it seems the Chilean mosquitoes really like me because I kept getting bitten in the face at night. You can’t tell as well in this picture, but I have like a third (red) eye in the middle of my forehead. Thanks to Mary Kay I can cover it in this picture. Nevertheless, its been a little swollen since I left Chile in August and my doctors put me on an antibiotic for 3 weeks to see if we can get it to go away. So prayers for my recovery are welcomed, I’ve already anointed and laid-hands on my forehead so I’m not going to get too worried about it. But we are definitely taking the industrial strength deed-laced “OFF” back to Chile this time . I will be giving myself a bug-stray facial every night. Ha ha. ~ ¡Chau chau chicos!