On the 30th of September I mailed my thesis to the UK finishing my part in the journey that has been my MSc. It was done with a sense of completion, satisfaction and readiness to move forward from here. The text I have written feels inadequate because it does not contain or capture the richness of the experiences I have this summer, the inspiration I have been given by the people I have met, nor all of the ideas that are bubbling inside. In that way - I expect it has been a success. For me - my MSc and this thesis was a key step in my coming home and rooting into the topics and the places that I am passionate about. I have taken that step and am ready for the steps that follow. And in the last few days, it has been nice to know that I can go berry picking (rose hips, hawthorn and mountain ash) without the guilt of feeling that I should behind a book or computer screen.
|Title page of thesis: Home Coming: An exercise in belonging by exploring ecological resilience and the farming communities of east-central Alberta|
|Word cloud from the complete text of my thesis|
If you would like to take a look at the complete edition - you can download it here: https://public.me.com/brendalynnschroeder