I'm still in a little bit of shock. Maybe denial? I just turned in my last assignment, ever, as an MLIS grad student. I keep staring at the computer screen as if I expect something to happen--say, for instance, a hand to reach out with a roll of paper tied with red velvet ribbon and a computer recorded voice exclaiming only as a computer-generated voice can, "Congratulations. You have completed your degree requirements." Or maybe no hand, no diploma (because I assume the rolled up paper was a diploma) and just a voice saying "You still owe UWM 0.40 cents and until we have that, you cannot graduate." I do, apparently, owe 40 cents, and in order to pay that I have to also pay a $6.00 service fee if I use an electronic payment. I am not paying this. I don't even know how it's possible to owe 40 cents. Tomorrow I am calling the Bursar's office and either getting it removed or telling them that I'll send a check for the amount in order to avoid this so called convenience fee. (Hold it. Is there somewhere in here that I can blame Ticketmaster for this? Were there "convenience fees" before Ticketripoff got in the game? I wonder...)
But the denial. I can't believe that starting tomorrow--heck, starting right now--I won't have any assignments due, readings to complete, discussions to participate in... nothin'. Sunday morning, when I wake up, start the water for coffee and head downstairs to retrieve my Times I'll be able to read the entire paper if I want to. No need to impose a time limit on myself in order to ensure that I get started on the week's class readings. I CAN EVEN DO THE CROSSWORD!!!!
This will take some getting used to.
(Notice I said "as an MLIS grad student;" one never knows if I may return for some more o' that expensive book learnin' at a later date. A much later date.)