Colloquium

Last Thursday, I did one of the scariest things in my life. I presented at colloquium. Colloquium is a weekly lecture series that happens every Thursday at my graduate school. The presenters are often Ph.D. wielding researchers. The topics range from tone analysis to phonology, morphology to anthropology, and everything in-between. During my first and second year of graduate school, these presentations were often way over my head. It was only in my final years of graduate school that the colloquiums started to make sense to me. The audience is full of field linguists (most of whom have a Ph.D.) and linguistic students in undergraduate and graduate studies. It is a tough crowd full of tough questions.

So, you may be wondering, how was I pulled into presenting?

My thesis chair and the colloquium coordinator approached me two weeks ago to ask me if I would present. After I recovered from the initial shock, I agreed. How could I say no to my thesis chair? I already had a presentation ready from when I defended my thesis (just needed to tweak a few things). I had no excuses other than fear. So, I presented.

It was a milestone in my life as a linguist. I was surprised that I actually enjoyed giving the presentation. I made people laugh and many people came up to me afterwards truly intrigued at my research.

When I started this program, I never thought I would be one of those presenters. Now, here I am on the other side wondering when I will present again.

The Thesis

Writing an M.A. thesis is like wrestling a mountain troll. It requires research to know how to attack it, a committee of elders to give you guidance, and support from other fellow adventurers to tackle the beast without getting discouraged. When it is all said and done you are left feeling euphoric and tired, ready to head back home and sleep off the soreness of night after night of hard work.

However, in the middle of the fight, you need to keep your brain from exploding as you plot and plan your next move. It was during one of these breaks that "The Thesis" trailer was made with my fellow thesi (pronounced like fungi) adventurers.

I shot the trailer on my iPad in iMovie because it was as easy as dropping clips into a template.