This past Friday, 2/26, I defended my PhD.
It’s been a tumultuous journey, complete with celebratory peaks and trying troughs. Friday was most certainly the culmination of the peaks, being able to show our work to friends, family, labmates, my advisory committee, and many others.
“We are like dwarves perched on the shoulders of giants, and thus we are able to see more and farther than the latter. And this is not at all because of the acuteness of our sight or the stature of our body, but because we are carried aloft and elevated by the magnitude of the giants”
-Bernard of Chartres (circa 1130)
This speaks very well for how our PI’s, mentors, colleagues, and even friends and family prop us up to new levels and heights, formerly unimaginable to ourselves. My experience certainly has been elevated because of the wonderful people around me.
Being frank, much of this PhD was not as I expected. Repeated failures. Eternal optimizing. More bureaucratic paperwork for our numerous regulatory entities than I could have ever imagined. A minority of my time was in fact designing, performing, and executing experiments. Though I anticipated that the PhD would be exclusively about science, it was much more. The jobs that I learned without signing up for include the following:
In all, the PhD is Phinally Done! PhinisheD! It was a journey of many ups and downs, and ultimately gave me a greater appreciation for the tedious and methodical journey to discovery.
I'm a current MD-PhD candidate, working hard to help treat and manage muscular dystrophies