Category Archives: In retrospect

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.