It's the end of the semester here, so things have been super busy. What's made them even more crazy is the fact that I've been out of town twice in the past week at conferences. I attended the CEA conference in St. Petersburg with Sarah T. and spoke about Zitkala-Sa on a Native American literature panel. Then Thursday I headed up to Atlanta for CCCC. CCCC is a pretty big deal; it is THE conference for rhetoric and composition scholars. While my area of interest is not rhet. comp, I had the opportunity to present a paper on rhetoric in Native American literature and spoke about teaching Native lit. in the college classroom. Not only was participating in a huge conference amazing, but I also got to catch up with my master's advisor (who put our panel together) and meet many of her colleagues from her graduate program. Staying in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for three days was also pretty great. The architecture of that place is unreal. Google image search it to get a glimpse of what I mean.
There's only two weeks of classes left and I have two papers to research and write (EEP!). If I can survive the next two weeks then I've survived my first year as a PhD student. I am very lucky to be here.