Friday, December 14, 2012

That's Dr. SewSkateRead, Thank You Very Much

Ok you guys, the Big Scary Thing I had to do... it is done.  And now I am a doctor.  But not that kind of a doctor.  More of a Dr. Indiana Jones kind of doctor, and less of a Dr. House kind of doctor.  Except with more computers and fewer interactions with Nazis.  Anyway, the good news is that now I won't have quite so much distracting me from sewing (like, you know, that whole pesky dissertation thing).  Oh, and I can legitimately wear a shirt like this:

I went to grad school and all I got was this lousy title...
On the other hand that mirky and unpredictable thing called "the future" has firmly planted itself in front of me and I am left wondering what exactly I am going to do about it.  I mean, I have some ideas, but no definite plans.  Which the me from 5 years ago would have been freaking out about.  I mean serious panic attack territory.  Me now?  I will deal with it.  And it will be fine.

In the mean time I have to deal with some serious stash relocation, which will cut into my actual sewing time, but I still hope to have a few more finished projects before the end of the year (jackets, yay).  I also expect to be sewing more skating costumes soon (though mostly for other people... the orders, they are already coming in), and I will finally be able to finish writing the skating costume tutorials for you guys (the drafts for the first few parts have been sitting around for a few months... as have my cut out but as yet un-sewn leotard pieces).  And maybe I can get a book or two read as well.

So, ummm, yeah.  I have a PhD.  I suppose I should feel different, but I don't.  I mean, I can see how I have changed over the course of grad school.  And I can see how what I expected my life was going to be has changed.  But getting the actual degree, I don't feel different.  Mostly I just feel tired.  Tired, and ready to move on.

22 comments:

  1. Congratulations!

    Have you seen the Thesis Whisperer Blog? She has some posts about post-PhD ennui.

    What was your topic?

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    1. I hadn't seen the blog before... but I am going to have to read it now! Some of the post titles look a bit too close to home...

      My topic was in computational chemistry, mostly in diffusion and drug discovery research. I did it long enough to know that it isn't what I want to do for the rest of my life. Not exactly sure where I am going or what I am doing, but I will figure it out.

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  2. Congratulations! That's quite a lot of work, studying and determination.

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  3. Congratulations and good luck with everything in the future.

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  4. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations :-D

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  5. Congratulations and good wishes for your next adventure.

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  6. Congratulations, doctor! That's a huge accomplishment!

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  7. Well done you! What is your phD in?

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    1. It's in chemistry. At this point I am wondering how wise a decision that was...

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  8. My husband likes to say he's a doctor not a physician.

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  9. Well, colour me impressed. Congratulations!

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  10. Well played, Dr! You can totally put that on plane tickets now- just make sure you're wearing that rad shirt :D

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  11. Huge congrats. I never got past O levels (a UK qualification - exams taken at 16) plus a couple of Open University courses. I'm very jealous of people who have the discipline to get a doctorate (even more so of someone who can sew for others and skate competitively at the same time!) Congrats again.

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  12. Wooo big congrats!!! Such an achievement too :) Yay for you!

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  13. Congratulations, feels good doesn't it, well done :)

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  14. Congratulations!! And in chemistry too, that's great :-). You must be relieved :-)..

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  15. Wow! Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment! I bet that when you've had a bit of recovery time, you'll start to feel pretty proud and accomplished.

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