I successfully defended my PhD on Wednesday.
Grad school is over (almost).
It’s only barely starting to sink in that the event that I’ve been working toward for six years has finally occurred and that I’m FREE!
The defense itself went well, I think. I prepared HARD for my presentation and it was pretty good by the time I gave it (given the material, of course). My committee didn’t grill me or anything and everyone was very collegial.
I have been working so incredibly hard over the past couple months. It’s not just been the time I spent actively working, but I felt like I couldn’t do anything social because I should be working. I basically put my life on hold for the whole summer and I’m so ready to break out and make the most of the remaining time.
I do have a bit of work left to finish up my time at my university – some minor edits of my dissertation, submitting a paper, getting rid of all my chemicals and other stuff, and helping pack up the lab for the big move. I plan to have all my dissertation and personal stuff taken care of within the next couple weeks, and then as soon as the lab is all packed and clean I won’t really have a reason to come to work any more! I’m being paid through the end of August but I’m kind of hoping everything will be completed earlier since the move is happening mid-month.
A few months ago I made a list of all the things I would get to do when my defense was over. I’m so excited to reconnect with friends, clean and declutter our house, resume blogging, get back to my healthy eating and exercise practices, develop and launch my other online projects, resume volunteering with our church, gain some career experience, and take a vacation. Oh, and look for a full-time job (eventually). I’m orchestrating a smooth transition of winding down my grad school obligations and ramping up my funemployment activities.
Oh, and what I’m probably MOST excited about is shedding “Mrs.” in favor of “Dr.”! (That’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but… yeah, it’s real.) I took Kyle’s last name when we got married and “Mrs. Hislastname” has never sat well with me (that’s my MIL!). I’m so glad I never have to use that title again!
What was your latest big accomplishment? Do you have any plans for the remainder of the summer?