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I'm a MA student in Anthropology working on my thesis proposal. I've (unofficially) taken about a year off after my course work was completed to birth my dd and care for her. Since the fall I've been trying to get back into working mode and it's just not happening for me. My advisor has signed off on my proposal and now I'm working on making revisions for my other committee members. So now we get to the problem- I'm not sure how to put this, but I'm stuck. I've lost my motivation. My topic dosen't excite me the way it used to. I keep saying that I'm having a hard time meeting the demands of my external, but I'm not sure that's it anymore. I kinda feel like I should be doing something more important, something that will have a greater impact. I know it's "just a MA" as some people have told me, but I'd like it to mean something. If I switch now though I'm going to have to start all over again with the research, get a new committee, and convince my advisor that this is a good move for me. I still think my current project is interesting, but I'm wondering if there's something else I could do. Am I looking for too much out of this? Should I stick with what I have? Sorry if this isn't making much sense. I'm still trying to figure it out myself...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Is there anything you can do to bring the magic back so-to-speak? I am a post-doc in Biology and my PhD was a long, bumpy journey. Sometimes when I felt "stuck" it really helped to start reading the literature and immerse myself in the field again. Going to a meeting or a conference and listening to all the interesting research that was going on out there really helped get me jazzed again.<br><br>
If I were you I would just finish. Realistically, if you started from scratch again what are the chances you would make it through now that your motivation has stalled out? I mean, maybe the topic, just like your external, isn't the heart of the issue. Maybe it's grad school in general. Find a way to get excited again and try to get some momentum going. Once you get over the hump, you'll be like a ball rolling down a hill <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">. Unstoppable 'till the end.<br><br>
Also, maybe you could discuss this with your advisor? Then again, maybe not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I agree with Jackalope. Try to find things that excite you about your topic. What's new about your research? What things brought you to it to start with? What new view on the field will it bring? (be it ever so small!). How can you put some of yourself in it?<br><br>
Starting over at this point seems like a huge amount of work and something that could exhaust you to the point that you don't finish your MA at all.<br><br>
If you're interested, I can PM you the link for a group of ABD moms. We don't discriminate, though. . .. you can be All But MA and we'll still love ya' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Since the struggles of getting a work done, whether it is a PhD or an MA with children are the same, you could possibly get some extra support and advice there.<br><br>
Good luck with it all!
 

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Almost any topic, especially at the master's level, gets dull after working on it for so long (that's true often even when you're single and have no kids). Just push ahead and finish. Once you're done, you can write about whatever you want.
 

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Yup, I agree with the other ladies. When I earned my first master's and subsequent terminal degree, there were times I was so bored and thinking I picked the wrong topic. Going to a professional conference would really energize me enough to give me the extra umph to truck on thru. And now I'm back working on another degree in a totally different field and will go thru it all again.
 
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