I'm three years into the program now and will be starting thesis in the fall, making work for my thesis exhibit that is scheduled for April 2018. I remember how daunting the idea of completing sixty credit hours seemed three years ago. There were certainly times when I wanted to give up because the whole thing just seemed too daunting, but I kept at it. I think I've learned a lot about myself, making myself keep at it and get things done. I feel much more confident in my abilities as an artist and I feel that my work is ready to be presented to the world. My next daunting task will be to approach galleries with my work and sell things. I also need to work at getting my name and images of my work out to the world. I feel apprehensive about it, just like I did starting grad school, but I know that I can do it. There are some who would say that an MFA is a waste of time and money, but I think the confidence that I have gained over the last three years will prove to be worth it in the long run. (and I don't have $100K in debt at the end, so that's even better!)
Yes, it's been a journey, but just like those drives across Kansas, I know that I can handle whatever comes my way and learn to enjoy it. I just need to remember to take time to look at the landscape around me and enjoy what I'm doing, rather than just pushing towards the next goal. I will spend this summer making work for my thesis show but I also need to remember to take time to relax and enjoy myself!