It was a difficult task to both defend my work and also recognize room for improvement. I felt awkward challenging scholars I deeply admire and respect, but in some cases I felt justified standing my ground. Other times, I readily admitted that my project could benefit from their suggestions. When this experience is in my rear view mirror, I promise to share some juicier details plus a link to my finished dissertation. For now, I have a full schedule. On my list of things to do:
Eat a pan of brownies in celebration.
Make sure everyone I know updates my contact information (to Dr. please).