Well, I did it. I became a Ph.D. candidate yesterday. For an explanation of what that means, see the post I wrote when Ken did it.
Mine didn't go quite as smoothly, but I don't think it would really be very professional of me to talk about it.
As a matter of fact, I'm having my doubts about this whole "blog" thing right now.
Now that I've done my candidacy, the requirement is that I stick around for at least three more academic quarters before I can be eligable to graduate. That would take me to spring break of next year. For various reasons, I don't want to stay around any longer than I have to. And now that I finally know that I'll at least be eligable a year from now, the chronic case of "senioritis" that I've had since, oh, my second year is going to become acute.
Meanwhile Ken's already been a candidate for almost a year, and his experiment looks to wrap up in the next few months...
So we're at some kind of turning point. Which might make very interesting blogging, except that you just can't talk about this stuff. When you haven't said anything to people at work about what you're planning, what you're thinking, how you're feeling, you can't say anything to the world.
So that leaves personal and professional topics out for blogging right now. But it's personal and professional topics that are obessing me. I'm finding it hard to write (or think) about anything else.
I think I'm going to give up the blog, at least for a while.
It's been fun.