Stephen Kilgore

I forgot to write again last week, so I thought I’d combine this post to cover both weeks 6&7. The last couple of weeks’ worth of assignments seemed to have toned down a bit in difficulty and I’m still doing very well in the course. Overall, I don’t think I had a whole lot of instructor feedback in this course, but I think that may be relegated to just this professor, as other students seem to have had much more feedback and interaction with their professors than did I. Maybe it’s because I’ve done well on the assignments that the feedback has been minimal, but we’ll see.

To me, this isn’t really a deal breaker. The whole point of education at this level is to be an independent learner/researcher. In a couple of years, the coursework component of my doctoral studies will be over and all that will stand between me and becoming one of the 2% of the population with a doctoral degree is the dissertation. At that point, the onus will be almost completely on me, with help and guidance from my dissertation committee.

I haven’t made light of the fact that I find financial theory to be somewhat dry, so I am looking forward to seeing this course in the rearview mirror. Although my day-to-day work heavily involves finance/accounting, I’m never this deep in the weeds with it. Still, it’s definitely useful knowledge to know and part of a well-rounded, fully developed business acumen.

Still, the end is in sight! I’ve almost completed my first term as a doctoral student. I have only one assignment remaining in the course, the research paper. It’s due on Friday and then I’ll officially be done. I’m excited!

The next course is managerial ethics, which I’ve heard is a pretty daunting course, but I love it! I love ethics, philosophy, and law, so I’m hoping that at least the course content will be engaging.

Registration for the Spring term opened today and I registered for twelve hours. I wanted to get an idea the first semester if I would be able to handle an increased workload and I think I can. I took 12 because that will allow me to average out to 18 for the academic year, which is pretty much what full-time graduate study would normally be. That means I’d finish in about four years.

In any case, I just have to take this one week at a time until ultimately, I’m finished. I know I have a long road ahead of me. I’ve been a student for a long time, but I’ve almost completed my life’s educational journey with the highest level of study one can undertake. I’m sure when I’m done I won’t know what to do with myself! I’ll have to get a hobby.

Anyway, thanks for reading! Until next time.

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