Climbing a mountain

I have heard people describe a PhD as climbing a mountain (usually Mount Everest). The comparison was first explained in terms of “you don’t do a PhD for any other reason than to show that you can, the same reason people climb Everest.” However, as I look back over my PhD, now that it’s pretty…

Wish I could say I was done…

[Updated to add: Woohoo – got the official confirmation that it’s accepted. One more hurdle done.] And I’m almost there. So close. I’m just waiting for the official “okay” on my thesis from the university (they have to check it for formatting). Fingers crossed I get it this morning and then pretty much everything will…

Defense Complete

Wow, does it ever feel good to write that. It’ll feel even better, way way better, once I can also say that everything is submitted and signed off on. Okay, so how did it go? Well, nerve wracking. I could barely eat for the morning (even though I kept telling myself it was okay). I…

Yikes, yesterday was Wednesday?

I don’t mean to be falling behind on posts, but the last couple of weeks have been passing by in a blur. I defend my PhD tomorrow (Friday – eek) and have been focused on getting ready for that, while also dealing with pressing startup issues. I doubt I’ll post tomorrow, but I will be…

Yikes – time to get serious about this defense

The defense is fast approaching. So fast that I’m finally starting to hit that “panic” period as I realize I really really need my seminar done yesterday so I can start practicing. Also, as I’ve been working on it (so slowly with this stupid finger injury), I’ve been referencing my thesis and I keep finding…