Today I discovered that I was missing certain parts of the CAP process, so there were preliminary documents that I didn't know I needed. By the third week of the semester I was expected to have a working outline of my CAP's main essay and my working bibliography ready for an initial meeting with my committee. This is the third week of the semester.
I became even more worried about being behind. I thought I might have to schedule an in-person meeting at the last minute, write up lots of extra material I wasn't expecting, and all those horrible thoughts you have when you realize you've missed some crucial details.
As it turns out, I just needed to put together basically everything I had already done for my first post in a more refined format (turning my initial ideas into a framing essay wouldn't take long).
So whereas yesterday I was feeling a bit behind and concerned because I was thinking I should probably finish an initial rough draft of my entire 20+ page paper by the end of the month, today I realize that I'm totally okay.
I revised more of my working bibliography and am working on what will become my framing essay (more on that below). I will be able to email both of those, along with the draft of some journal prompts that I posted yesterday, and my questions thus far about the CAP process tomorrow or Thursday. That email should serve as my meeting. Other than the fact that my outline is a little short, I'm right on schedule! I'm hoping a short outline is okay. I prefer a sparse outline because too much detail in an outline can overwhelm me.
The questions I'll be asking are as follows and I'll post all the answers in some upcoming posts:
Below is a little screenshot of all the main requirements for the Professional Project version of the CAP for ECU (found here, under the listings for each concentration's requirements: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/engl/Masters.cfm). There are a few additional details in the Graduate Student Handbook and on the page that tells the difference between a thesis and a CAP here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/engl/FAQsEnrolled.cfm
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