Nowhere Left to Go But UP!

July 2, 2012

♪ Just keep climbing, just keep climbing ♫

This will be my last post using the “my graduate school life is kicking my ass and simultaneously making me lazy and incapable of blogging” excuse.

Yes, it’s true that grad school comes with a lot of responsibilities and many times I’m not mature or organized enough to balance work and life. I really miss blogging, it’s therapeutic and fun. I’m sad that I’ve been so detached from my blog that I completely forgot to write a “Happy 2yr Anniversary” post on June 28. I even miss reading other people’s blogs regularly, and being connected to the virtual community I’ve become so fond of (who knew I could be so unplugged from twitter without even trying?).

As special as my blog (and virtual community) is to me, completing my dissertation has been a huge priority and I don’t feel guilty at all that I’ve slacked on it. I’ve put in 7 long, hard years (and reservoirs of tears) into my graduate training. In truth, my doctorate has been 23 years of schooling, 9 laboratory experiences, and 3 state residences in the making. Not to mention the countless hours spent running experiments, reading peer-review articles, and writing grants and manuscripts. And now? Now my dream of obtaining a PhD in the sciences is finally at my fingertips.

I will have received this PhD, not because I’m part of some elite group of the brightest and most brilliant, but because I stuck with it. I didn’t always work hard, and I didn’t always work smart. I haven’t always had the best ideas or come up with the most critically thought questions. Yet, nonetheless, I’ve earned this degree – the highest academic degree awarded. Many others have fallen off before making it this far, but thanks to the grace of God and awesome friends and family I have made it to the finish line.

And I’m ready to cross it.

Come a week from today, I will become Dr. Gemmie. As will be witnessed by my mentors, my instructors, my family, my friends, and my colleagues. It’s been a hectic journey but one well worth it.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me along the way. I look forward to continuing to blog more in the future, post-dissertation 🙂

Almost PhinisheD,
~Future Dr. Gemmie

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  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. July 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Congrats Dr. Gemmie Ph.D!

    I’m glad your hard work paid off. We missed your posts but you were away with a purpose. Larger goals were at hand and you handled it.Beez like that sometimes.

    Again congrats!

    Also congrats on the 2yr blogoversary!

  • Reply Brandi July 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Awesome!!!! Congratulations Dr. Gemmie!!!!

  • Reply I Am Your People July 2, 2012 at 10:15 am


  • Reply Phidelity15 July 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Congrats!! I’m truly happy for you. I hope you are able to take a quick break/vacation and let it all sink in…cry the happy tears and bask in the glow of your success. I hope the next chapter in your life is as successful and blessed as this one.

    Cheers to you Dr, Gemstones 😉

    • Reply gemmieboo July 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      yessss break/vacay on deck!!!

      thanks for the love, sis 🙂

  • Reply ny2va July 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

    This post murked my Goon. I’m so damn proud of you, Dr. GemmiePie SororHeadGoonInCharge Ph. em effin D.

    • Reply gemmieboo July 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      lol awwww thanks sis!! *hugs*

  • Reply madscientist7 July 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    congrats Dr. Gem. 🙂

  • Reply nicknotnikki July 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    the times you got shoo’d off twitter, the blog silence, the frustration.. will all be for this moment!!! it’s so awesome!! I can only imagine your excitement!

    you are awesomeness personified!!!! and the world will know you were here by the mark you’re going to leave!!

    • Reply gemmieboo July 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      awwwww thank you my dear!!!! you are so sweet to say so 🙂

      i cant wait to do cartwheels, robot, and hit my dougie when its all said and done!! o/

  • Reply The Suburban Thug July 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats on the progress and completion of your goal. I’m sure the journey has been interesting, but has allowed you to find out much about yourself as well. Congrats on the blog too.

  • Reply That Damn African July 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    You already know. As I continue my own long, hard journey in this PhD life, it’s great to see you reaching the end. Seeing you reach the culmination of all your hard work pushes me forward. Congrats and I can’t wait to see you murk your defense!

    • Reply gemmieboo July 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      i appreciate your help in this journey, B!!!! you def helped keep me on track in meeting my goals.

      thanks for being such a great friend, homes *hugs*

  • Reply miss t-lee July 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    *dougies* Congrats girlie. Proud of you mayne! #RGS

  • Reply msevahoney July 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats Dr. Gemmie Boo! Love you lots!

  • Reply fourpageletter July 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    i feel like i’ve been there for much of the process, when in reality – i’ve only known you a short time. nevertheless – i am as proud as your family must be and as YOU must be of yourself!

    • Reply gemmieboo July 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

      awwww thanks doll!! you are so sweet i appreciate the love and support!

  • Reply *Yoles* July 6, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Congratulations Dr. Gemmie!!! I’m in awe of your drive and tenacity to complete the program… So proud of you! 😀

    • Reply gemmieboo July 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

      thanks chica!! i appreciate you 🙂

  • Reply Tamara August 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations! I am so, so proud and excited for you.

    • Reply gemmieboo August 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      thank you chica!!! i really appreciate it 🙂

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