Thesis – DEFENDED.

The end of the road is nigh.

On August 14, 2017, at around noon, I successfully defended my master’s thesis.  After three years of intense research, translation, and travels to places to discuss my research (anime cons and academic symposiums), my journey to a Master of Arts in Pacific and Asian Studies is almost complete.  Just a few minor revisions and I’m all done.

Me after the exam.  My mascara didn’t smudge from all the happy tears.

It seems so surreal.

My committee gave me tons of food for thought should I choose to publish my thesis, but otherwise they were pleased with my work.  I think I might publish my work on an academic level, but for now, I just want to finally finish this one.


I did it – I didn’t think I would be able to do, but I somehow did it.  I’m trying to create a blog post with an eloquent way of describing my experience, but words fail me. There were times when I didn’t think I’d finish – and here I am just about done.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried when I got my results.

Do I look like a proper academic yet?

As soon as I submit my thesis for the final time, I plan to write short books that are based off my various panels.  The plan is to have them for sale at any and all events I attend next year.  In the meantime, I’m going to bask in the glow of success and give myself time to process this and finish my work.  Thank you for your patience!  It’s almost over!


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