Big news: even though I hit a few bumps along the way, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation on Friday!!! It was a grueling, sweat-inducing afternoon of fielding question after question, with nary a snack or bathroom break. I didn’t make it through unscathed – I have major revisions to complete, and only one month to complete them – but I did it! Soon I will no longer be able to relate to this hilarious list of “grad school problems”.
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).
- Get to those revisions!
- Eat one more brownie.