I did it

Today I successfully defended my Master’s Thesis.

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In a 30 minute presentation I presented results from a year long pilot study, another year of data collection and a semester of coding, statistical analyses and writing.

I have to make some revisions.  Over the holiday break, I will make the needed changes.  Once the Spring semester starts I will submit my final draft to the program director, to the Dean and then the Registrar. I will graduate with my Master’s of Science in Applied Experimental Psychology in May.  Technically I can walk on Saturday, but I decided to wait to do commencement activities with friends and family present.

But I did it.  And it feels so good.  So so so so good.  On Saturday (when I am finally finished with my last exam and have graded a bunch of papers) I’m going to open my precious bottle of Orin Swift’s 2008 The Prisoner to celebrate. I’m going to make Swiss beer mac and cheese with mushrooms and spinach and then I’m going to curl up on my recliner, give myself a manicure and pedicure and drink that bottle of wine.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me in this goal over the last two years.  Thanks to everyone who hopped on this journey with me this year and stayed along for the ride despite the rough moments.  Thanks for your good lucks and well wishes all day today. You are so wonderful.

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12 thoughts on “I did it

  1. I just HAD to come over (albeit 4 days late…catching up on my reader) and say CONGRATULATIONS even though I already did on Twitter. I’m so proud of you! I hope you gave yourself that mani-pedi and enjoyed that bottle of wine. It was MUCH deserved!

    1. Aw thank you so much! I ended up not opening my nice bottle. Saving it for Christmas now. But I did my toes and drank a bottle of wine and ate brownies and watched movies and relaxed and all was glorious in the Universe. Haha. :)
      Thanks again so so much.

  2. Has there ever been a more fitting picture to go with a post? I think not!

    Congrats to you, Alex. I hope you experienced not just relief, but victory. We’re getting somewhere even if it doesn’t always feel like that! Enjoy that bottle of wine. I will be enjoying a less fancy bottle myself!

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