Sunday, January 13, 2013

Goal #2 - Complete My Doctorate

This may be the most aggressive goal on my list, but I'm going for it. 2013 is the year of the doctorate! This past weekend was a huge step closer to completing goal number two, I took the comprehensive exam. Hands down, this was the most challenging test I have ever had in my life. We knew there would be one question and we would have three hours to answer it... everything else was fair game. Now that the dust has settled, I have a small feeling that I probably didn't fail the exam. This may not seem like a super positive outlook, but before the exam I was certain I wasn't ready and failure was the only option. To complete this goal, my timeline is going to have to be pretty precise and I know I'll have to keep plugging along even when I want to take a break. I have to keep telling myself that I'll get a break when I defend that dissertation. This is going to be one of the only goals I will be semi-comfortable with not completing, because I want to make sure the quality is there. I was fortunate enough (that's an understatement) to have been accepted into a solid program, I don't want to take shortcuts now that I'm in. So among the other things happening this year, it's possible I finish this crazy thing and get to have some night hours back.

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