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Something to be proud of

26 September, 2005

Something to be proud of

One of New Kid’s meme questions was what I felt most proud of. I honestly couldn’t think of anything. Yeah, I have a PhD — so do most of my friends. My value system could be a bit off, I admit.

But here’s something: I was in the shower thinking about something entirely different (like how to market myself as Early Modern …) and realized that I took a course in Germany (seminar course with MA level students) in German, where I gave a paper in German. The course was on the reception of classical sources in the Early Modern era. I had to work with these German students, who were a little snotty, because everyone knows American degrees are not worth as much as German ones. And they really didn’t like what I wanted to do with my part of the group presentation, but grudgingly let me do it. I was one of only three students to get top marks in the class. I am proud of that — and admittedly a bit schadenfreudvoll.

Also, my first publication (the dread review) is finally out. Woohoo!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 27 September, 2005 2:35 am

    Publication! Congratulations! I can’t imagine that it ever gets old, but there’s nothing quite like the first few times you are in print. Real Paper! Stuff that people will read in a hundred years….

  2. 27 September, 2005 11:03 am

    Yep, congratulations! (Mind you, right now my attitude to publishing is being coloured by the fact that I have started to really hate my book editor. If I had a pseudonymous blog, there would be some fairly heavy fear and loathing going on it right now.)I’m deeply envious that you’re fluent enough in another language to take courses and give papers in it. I think I’ve given up the hope that I might ever be proficient enough in any of the languages I’ve learnt to be able to do anything like that.

  3. 27 September, 2005 3:17 pm

    Well, it’s an e-publication, but with a fairly well-respected organization. And I don’t know that I’m as fluent anymore, but hope to get back to that level 😉

  4. 27 September, 2005 10:41 pm

    I think it’s awesome that your publication is out!! YAY!

  5. 27 September, 2005 11:37 pm

    Yay! Publication! doopee doop doop (dances around the kitchen in celebration)Have a gin tonic in celebration!

  6. 28 September, 2005 12:48 am

    Yay for publication! And I love your “proud” moment.

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