The holiday season is a nostalgic time of year. There’s a little twinge in my heart remembering all those exams, term papers, presentations and grad school deadlines that used to colour my Christmas break with such joyous misery.
Before holiday break myself and my fellow students were frantically studying for exams, cramming all that knowledge in our tiny wee egg noggins. I still have some of my exam papers, and they make for amusing reading.
During the break I always seemed to have one or two term papers to work on. I remember studying fun topics, like ancient Egyptian kingship, Roman baths and cannibalism in Greek mythology, while sequestered with the entire extended family for holiday fun!
In Grad School there always seemed to be presentations to get through. I remember immersing myself in studying Late Hellenistic Art or the Roman marble trade just to avoid thinking of the family related problems that always seemed to spring up around Christmas.
Grad School at UBC was a fun, albeit stress filled, time, but we had private jokes to keep us going. One was to work some sort of penis joke into every single one of our presentations. We were doing an MAs in Classical Archaeology- so there was lots of material to work with!
Then during my PhD there was my good ‘ol thesis. All that data to ruminate and grumble over at the Faculty Christmas Party- GLORIOUS!
Now that I am finished ALL my studies, I’m free to enjoy the holidays unfettered of academic obligation. So while I may feel a bit nostalgic about term papers past, Christmas is much more fun without all that stress.
Plus I have you dear blog to remind me that archaeology is fun, and make me thankful that my passion for learning is still going strong!
In conclusion, life’s a rich tapestry (that one is for you Dr. Anthony Russell).