Right. I’ve finished teaching for the semester, though I still have email supervision of essay-writing MA students for another week. Tomorrow and Friday I’m fixing all the last typos in my PhD thesis, and shifting round the conclusion a bit. And then, before picking my daughter up from school on Friday, I’m making five copies and piling them on the secretary’s desk. I’ll have submitted my PhD thesis.

I’m suddenly terrified just writing that. But it should work. Cross your fingers for me, please?

14 thoughts on “finishing

  1. jon

    Good for you Jill!
    In the six months I’ve been reading your site I’ve followed this particular strand of your narrative with interest and sympathy, especially as I can empathise, heading to that day myself this summer. I can only imagine what you must be feeling right now. It’s BIG stuff but great stuff.

    I’m glad you put the news on your site. There’s something scary but powerful about stating something important in public.

  2. meredith

    Wow! That’s so exciting!
    Consider my fingers well and truly crossed…

  3. Liz

    Woohoo! Will be thinking about you, with fingers crossed.

  4. Lisa

    ::throws confetti::


  5. royby

    Congrats Jill. Having a partner who submitted her Phd thesis a few months ago, I have some idea of what the process is like. We say that she went into ‘post-thetal depression’ haha. But in all humour there is truth.

    I went into ‘post-thetal yeehah’. We had finally gotten rid of the third entity in the household.

    Cheers – Roy

  6. Thomas

    Congratulations! This is really wonderful. Now you can look back on the “best time of your life” and know that you have completed something that still very few can. (It just feels like everybody has a Ph.D. when you look around, most people don’t!) Fireworks and huge cakes should revolve around you for the next few weeks!


  7. torill

    It’s terrifying. Numbing. And soon you’ll feel that it’s not such a big deal any more, and you’ll wonder what you were so afraid of. And you know you’ll do great!

  8. Alan McCallum

    Good luck!

  9. Christian

    Lykke til Jill! NÂr fÂr vi lese det du har skrevet?

  10. Jill

    Thanks guys, but hey, I’m still sweating here – it’s not quite in yet!

    When you can read it? When it passes! Which hopefully will be in about half a year. Those committees take a while. If they fail it, well, you’ll just have to wait even longer.

  11. Thomas

    No way are they going to fail you! You have done great work and you have a good advisor. This is going your way. I’m looking forward to the party!


  12. Diane

    Fingers crossed. I gotta say, delivering that stack is a lovely feeling. Good luck!

  13. Hilde

    Congratulations! I look forward to the party!

  14. Jamie Blustein

    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

    You will knock ’em dead. I’ve seen it before. As my external warned me before my oral defence: `it is a rite of passage that we all must go through.’ Just keep your cool (you have so-o-o much of it) and it will be over in a flash.

    We will all be celebrating with you.

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