Crossing the finish line: I graduated!

Nothing says doctorate like a medieval robe and a Tudor bonnet!

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Graduation day: 15th July 2015. My parents and I just outside Whitworth Hall at The University of Manchester. Best day ever.


These last few weeks have been incredible, with new job, parents visiting from Canada, and graduating from my PhD programme! Not all at once mind you (but VERY nearly, more on that later). It’s been quiet on my blog these last few weeks but will be back to near-regularly scheduled posts soon!

 

The anti-climax of submitting “thesis_FINAL.pdf”

And so, the last leg of my PhD experiences came down to this:

Thesis correction list received from external examiners- read.
Thesis edited as per corrections listed – done.
Corrections sent to external examiners for approval – yes. 
Corrections approved by external examiners – yes.
Final check of thesis for other typos etc. – done.
Final version of thesis – submitted (online). 
Thesis received by university administration – approved

And that was that!

Throughout my PhD I thought the final thesis submission would be this big deal. Like some fireworks or trumpets or, I don’t know, some kind of “TA DA!” sort of moment.

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My thesis submission was definitely NOT this eventful!

In reality, it felt more like a quiet sense of relief. I think the run up to the viva and the aftermath that followed was certainly the most memorable point of my (UK-based) PhD experience. Everything that came afterwards had this sort of bureaucratic feel to it. I suppose emotionally I was less involved, so when I pressed “submit” for the last time, I felt very calm, almost detached. It wasn’t a negative feeling or an overly positive one either. Maybe once I print out the hard copy of my thesis this will all feel more “real” but for now, I’m glad this part of my PhD experience is over.

(Comic by Jorge Cham via http://www.phdcomics.com)

 

Guest blog post on STEPS

stepsThis week’s blog post is published on STEPS, a University of Manchester PGR blog. In this blog post I discuss the questions asked during my viva which may be of interest to those looking for more examples of viva questions. Please click on this link to read my blog post: https://manchestersteps.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/how-to-enjoy-your-viva/

Image by rahego via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)