I am in limbo

Una chilena en Australia

According to the Oxford Dictionary to be in limbo is to be in an intermediate or transitional state. Not only that, but from a theological perspective, to be in limbo means to be in a place outside hell and heaven. This is where I feel I am at the moment, in limbo land. I have just submitted my PhD thesis and I am in transition.

As a PhD student at an australian university, when you submit your thesis, this means that you have submitted it for examination. The examination is done by three external examiners. This process can take between three and six months or more ( I have heard stories of even a year after submission). Hard copies of my dissertation travel across the oceans to be reviewed. Although I participated suggesting names for my examiners, the final selection was done by the chair of my panel. She contacted some academics and asked them to review my…

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About Malba Barahona

Educational researcher, language educator. PhD from Australian National University. Passionate bushwalker and mountain lover. I procrastinate reading fiction, hiking, doing yoga, riding, having a beer and more recently decolonizing my existence. I write in English and Spanish in different blogs especially with the purpose of encouraging my students to write.

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