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 🙂
~Future Dr. Gemmie