So I started graduate school this past week. It’s been busy but not horribly so, and I know I’m going to enjoy this (my friends won’t let me not enjoy it, anyway). I am taking three classes, and all three are promising for me. But, one of the things I noticed is that the first thing that people want from you in a graduate-level class is your name, followed by your research interests. I am a bit fortunate here, in that I have research interests. I know pretty much what I want to study and write about. Some people are not so lucky in that respect, but they are lucky in that they get this time to be inspired by something (like I was in 2008).
When I say that people want your research interests, I mean they want it distilled down to a maximum of two sentences. That’s pretty small when you think about what people are asking about. I’ve come up with my little introduction speech for these situations:
“My name is Michael Thomét. I am a masters student in the rhetoric and composition English program and I am interested in how narrative and play work together in games, various narratives of play, as well as authorship in games.”
I figure that, when I rattle this off, it may sound coherent and organized, but people probably don’t really know what I’m talking about. I sound like a grad student, and that’s about as far as people can throw me. Not that I’m saying people are stupid, it’s just that when I say these things, they only scratch the surface of what I am interested in. They are categories and don’t tell you where my passion is. So here I want to go into this and explain what my grad school introduction actually means.