Yay. Yay. And yay.
Right now I have very few words left in me to write a blog post, which says in itself a lot about what the final days of the PhD are like.
But here I am.
2 years and 359 days after enrolling.
I have 95,777 words (not including front matter, references or appendices).
355 cited references.
Exhaustion gratitude excitement pride.
Delirium relief disbelief happiness.
It is Ph.inishe.D.
Until the examiners’ reports arrive.
As predicted, submission didn’t bring with it ceremonious trumpeting, thunderous cheers, or a blessing of unicorns galloping over a shimmering rainbow. But I did get hugs from my supervisors and heartfelt congratulations from the staff in the Graduate Research Office, as well as a signed congratulations card, a Polaroid photograph of me holding my thesis and a Freddo frog chocolate.
And on the way home I gifted myself a bottle of my favourite champagne, because if you can’t do that when you’ve submitted a PhD thesis, when can you?
Tonight I’m off to my school’s valedictory dinner for our Year 12 students, a big milestone for them. So I’ll get to relax and celebrate with colleagues and my Year 12s. Then I’ll celebrate with my husband and children over the weekend.
I’ve loved the PhD journey so far, but I’m looking forward to taking a break from the obsession and luxuriating in some family time and self care.
Thanks to all who supported me thus far in my PhD narrative. Your support has been so important to me.
It’s a wonderful milestone, but it’s not over! I’ve yet to see what the examiners make of my work, or the extent of recommended revisions.
To be continued …