I have been coming down from submitting my thesis. I feel I went from elation to exhaustion in mere hours. I have yet to process this idea of ‘leisure time’ that all coolest modern economic and social historians have been talking about.
As I take a breath prior to re-entering the academic fray in preparation for my defense, I wanted to take a moment to properly thank those who helped me through this grueling yet rewarding MSc journey.
I feel as though my acknowledgements page in my thesis was not the appropriate thought to mention that this success is due, in large part, to the following influential people/things:
- Kaldi, the sheepherder who discovered coffee, and the beautiful people at coffee shops across this city for working together to keep my maintain my minimum caffeine levels
- Biostatistics Ryan Gosling, who taught me that swooning over statistics can be the sexiest activity
- The internet’s daily offering of adorable animal videos
- Wine (obviously)
In all honestly, I have had the best team of friends, family, fellow grad students, and coworkers, without whom I would never have made it this far. I am so grateful for all of you.
Here is a brief breakdown of the numbers:
Considering how this MSc pilgrimage was a time of tremendous personal growth, challenge, and growth, it seems befitting, somehow, to end on a frantically busy 6 weeks, which involved presenting at 2 conferences, travelling to 4 countries (including 7 flights), and moving to a new apartment, while working full-time.
My new plan? Nap for a month!! Perhaps. Or alternately do ALL THE FUN THINGS!
Commence post-thesis action plan!