It’s in.

Hopefully, that won’t happen, but it is now out of my hands.

Am I happy with it? I think so. I have worked on it too continuously for too long to have any strong feelings on it at the moment.

Is it done? No. Each section has material, most sections are complete, but there is still more to add. I would guess even as much as 20 pages. However, at 72 pages, I could not do any more. Aside from the fact that it is already 12:45 and I do have to educate young minds in less than 8 hours, I am afraid that if I were to keep going, most of it would be junk that my advisor would tell me to cut anyway.

And, my advisor said she didn’t WANT any more. Initially she said, “I don’t want 100 pages for a proposal.” So, now I leave it to her very capable hands and, hopefully, generous eyes to guide me.

She has already been right about many things, namely, that I needed to include research on Catholic schools. I didn’t really see this as imperative because even though I teach at a Catholic school and will be conducting research at this site, I consider the school Catholic with a “small c.” Reading the research on Catholic high schools, though, does convince me that these schools are unique. Did you know that research shows students at Catholic schools have lower incidences of substance abuse than students at other schools? I did not either until about 2 pm today.

Is this good to know? I am not sure. I suspect it will be.

So, what’s next? Technically, though I have been working on my proposal, I have not yet submitted a pre-proposal. I am not sure what the point of this step is, but I have to submit a pre-proposal to the dean and explain who I want on my committee. I think the dean then has to officially “ask” these people, even though I’ve already done that (and this isn’t just me being type-A – this is how it’s done). Then, I submit the proposal to my committee members, change what they tell me to change, and then we have a closed door “hearing.” I am not sure what happens in this “hearing,” but at the end of it, I should be happy and have the green light to go forth and conquer. Once given the green light, I have to submit the paperwork to the IRB – which reviews my research and gives me the okay to conduct research on human subjects. Then I gather data.

Oh, and that entire process above kind of needs to be done within the next month if I want any chance of graduating by this time next year.

But let’s not talk about that. Best not to get ahead of ourselves.

Oh, and to my brother-in-law who suggested tonight that I write a stream-of-consciousness post because it would be funny/enlightening/entertaining/scary, I will do that at some point, but this is not it.


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