Sunday, August 7, 2016

Refining, yet again, my academic focus...

Let's be realistic: if you encountered a sign which said nothing at all, and you were lost, you would be even more lost.

Nope, I am not switching my emphasis again like last time where I leaped over to the Arthurian focus after originally settling on the Old English. Rather, I am just posting this update to let anyone who cares to know updated on my scope of interest. Recently, this means that I have simply decided to let my academic focus remain open in terms of medieval literature (I'm an English major, for anyone who forgot).

I still believe that Arthurian literature will play a dominant role in my interests. So I am not doubling back down the road in retreat because I found yet another area which has wooed me. I have just come to the realization that I am not doing myself any favors by attempting to stump myself into a corner before I even know what the whole room is about.

When I explored another area of the room, I found myself drawn toward Arthurian literature, hence the switch. I do not want to experience that again; or more accurately, I do not want to dig myself into a whole only to realize I want to understand what the hole next to me is all about. I want to simply explore and seize on other areas of potential interest and then, only after probing the depths of multiple research zones, come to a conclusion on what I want to hone in on.

So, there you have it-- no more grandiose declarations or what-have-you, no more announcements premature. I am going to explore what I want to explore and make a decision later, as is recommended. So, thanks for reading and if you want to share with me your own experiences in finding your academic niche, then please comment below!

Franks and Goths (Notes:49)

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