Today a small miracle occurred:
I got my first practicum passed! In our department, practicums fulfill the roll of one course, and basically are a description of some work experience that we've had and a real problem that we encountered. We have to do two of them.
It took about a year and a half in total, but I can't really say that I've been working on it most of that time. Most of the time was waiting one comments and that sort of thing. It wasn't too painful, but I'm definitely glad to be done!