... is only a new beginning... or rather I am not quite there yet.
Today was my dissertation defense. After approximately 23 years in academics, I am finished with the "student" title in my life. I have completed pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate school, graduate school, and, finally now, graduate school. I am a PhD as of some 10 hours ago! I put the title "student" in quotes, because as we all know, we are always students in that we continue to grow and evolve as we become older and wiser. While the years have produced both good and bad memories, I am most blessed by the individuals that I have met along the way. I could go on and on, but for now, I just want to express the elation that after 6 long years as a graduate student, I can say that I'm done. While the path was certainly not friendly, I am just happy that I conquered the PhD and was not conquered by it!