This morning I found out that I officially have a Masters degree in Arts.
And yes - that means that from now on, it's Master Allie to you.
It was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions.
For one thing, it was a good solid mark, so I was pleased. I will now be able to say that I have a Master of Arts with Distinction. But it was also not quite as high as I would have liked - let's face it, I'm never going to be over the moon with anything less than A+ - so I was a little teensy bit disappointed. But I went for a walk, processed everything, thought back over the last few years and came to the conclusion that:
(a) I was being a little bit silly. I've done very well!
(b) I have learned Huge Things about how to do research. Anything that was not A+ about my thesis is an opportunity to improve next time.
(c) I've made it through rather a crazy two years by the grace of God - this is like a certification of that - and for that I feel a little over-emotional and proud and grateful.