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The Verdict Is In

So, I showed up at 9:00 this morning with my thesis committee (the I.N.P.O.D. and two other professors). We all whipped out copies of Le Thesis, exchanged minor pleasantries. . . and then the grilling began. First, I summarized Le Thesis, explained how I chose the topic and how I had gone about researching it, and then they began to nitpick it. They took turns asking questions, mostly clarifications and requests to go into further detail, or explain why I had written something a particular way. I wasn't nervous until about twenty minutes in, when it seemed as though the next words would be, "clearly, you know nothing about this," but I suppose that every grad student feels that way. Anyway, the oral exam took an hour, and then they sent me out of the room.

I sat down with a carefully chosen piece of light reading (okay, a Star Trek novel), and I hadn't gotten more than three pages in, when they called me back into the room. Five minutes discussion, that was all they took. And they said, "Congratulations," shook my hand, and signed my advisor sheet. (They didn't mind about the warrant -- they'll take it later.)

I passed my thesis! I have revisions to do, but I passed my thesis! Woo-hooo! Yaaaay! Go me! Happy dance!

In other news, my computer has died, but that is why there is a school computer lab and my jump drive. It's more of a minor annoyance than anything else. But I don't care. I passed my thesis! And I'm going home for Passover, where I will tell my family that I passed my thesis!

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dawtheminstrel
Apr. 13th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!! That's so wonderful. I thought about you this morning. I'm so glad it went well.
frenchpony
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
That's so sweet that you remembered. Thank you. I feel so much better now. It looks like I'll actually be able to get my MA.
cabell
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Awesome!!! Congratulations!
frenchpony
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
ssotknapsack
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations!

A smiling pony just for you:
frenchpony
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's me, all right. That smiling pony there is just how I feel.
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frenchpony
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Le Thesis isn't perfect, and there will be revisions, but I thought five minutes' deliberation was a good job well done.
bodkin_ra
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Brilliant job. Well done. Well deserved.
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm just walking on air from all this.
fafojoy
Apr. 13th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah for the Pony! Glad you've jumped this major hurdle on the career path.
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Just the first of many hurdles. But I'll jump them all!
dawn_felagund
Apr. 13th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! What wonderful news to greet me upon reading my flist! :) What an awesome accomplishment!

Enjoy Passover with your family. :)
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel like a million bucks. Passover will be extra special.
kaikias
Apr. 13th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
YAY.
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 13th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

That's so fantastic. It all sounds a little scary but you obviously impressed the heck out of them if they only took five minutes! Well done. I'm really thrilled for you.

And enjoy your time with your family :-)
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was minorly scary towards th middle, but such a relief when it was over. And five minutes is a good deal.
kln1671
Apr. 13th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Go, FP! Congrats!
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! Well on my way to becoming Master Pony.
meggins
Apr. 13th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Not that I had any doubt about the outcome, but it's still nice for you to have it over with. As for the five minutes...they probably only needed one but waited longer for form's sake.

Enjoy your holiday at home!
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
As for the five minutes...they probably only needed one but waited longer for form's sake.

Yeah. They just wanted to make me sweat.

Thanks!
meckinock
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Woot! Congratulations! Go celebrate.
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
I had one great seder with part of my family in Chicago, and now I'm home visiting another part of my family. It's all worth it.
gwynhyffar
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
YAY!!! Congratulations! Enjoy the euphoria! I'm so glad it went so well for you.. not that there was any doubt. You seem on top of your game. Congrats again!
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! And what euphoria it is. Makes me feel fabulous.
karenator001
Apr. 14th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Never doubted for a minute that you'd come through with flying colors! I'm VERY excited for you.
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
I figured I'd do well, but it was a little nerve-wracking along around half an hour in. But I did it!
ns_tulkas
Apr. 14th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Passover! and CONGRATULATIONS!
frenchpony
Apr. 15th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Chag sameach!
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