15 January 2010

Clash of the Titans

So, the next couple weeks would be a heavyset one. I have finally made the stars align themselves so that my three committee members would be in one room. So this coming Wednesday, I will be sitting with them, in a room, discussing the dissertation proposal. Time to fortify my fortress.

Somehow I don't know why but I am a little bit unnerved by this. I have been used to the three members of my committee being in one room, heck, they're always clashing in lab meetings. But somehow, the idea that this is a private meeting that concerns only the four of us is a little bit new. In part, because it hasn't happened before.

Well, I guess there's always a first time for everything. And this is one such thing.

I actually feel fortunate that I am working with the people that I am working with. My adviser comes from UC Berkeley, which is known for a strong Linguistics Department. The second person in the committee who happens to be from my own department has a history with UC San Diego, which is known for excellent Cognitive Science and Linguistics Departments. Finally, the third committee member, from the Psychology Department, was trained in the University of Rochester, which also has a stellar Cognitive Science Department.

So, an upcoming clash of the titans is on schedule next week. Hopefully, this is a constructive meeting and not a destructive one, and that this would actually mean that my dissertation will move forward significantly.

(Concrete Crustacean, from my Hirschhorn Museum Series)

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