September 2012 I started my Ph.D., this was my Facebook status update “AH! Writing my first paper in 8 years. What did I get myself into??”. It’s been a long three years and there’s still a long road ahead but one year from now, if all goes as planned, I will be starting my dissertation research. February 1st, 2016.
So what exactly needs to happen between now and February 1st 2016? A lot. The most daunting of which is this: Comprehensive exams (comps) during marathon training. If I keep all my ducks in a row though, I should be starting to taper my training for the marathon when I start my comps. I had a momentary panic attack today when I realized how close I am to the end of this whole big Ph.D. thing. Yes, I still have 4 classes left…and then some big tests…and then the really big paper but other than that I’m almost done! Seriously though, I’m now legitimately more than half way there and that feels good. One year from now, I’ll be All But Dissertation (ABD) and done with college coursework. That’s a darn fine feeling if you ask me.