Four years ago this month, I started this blog as I looked forward to entering this journey that has become “My PhD Experience.” It has been quite a ride and it’s still going! I’m amazed it has been four years. Sometimes, I look back and it seems like it was just yesterday I and my cohorts were starting this quest. Other times, I look back and it is hard to conceptualize a time I wasn’t a PhD student. To those who advised that the PhD is all-consuming, you were absolutely right!
Where am I in the whole process? As with my previous update, I’m ‘still plugging along.’ I have spoken with two other professors and asked for their review of my dissertation proposal. I received a lot of great feedback and I will be using it to shape my proposal. The timeline is moving to the right a bit more and I will be taking my second directed reading this fall to remain continuously enrolled. You see, I’ve used up my 6 hours of dissertation proposal credits and need a couple more months to finalize my dissertation proposal and defend. So now I’m looking at the December 2014 timeframe to defend the proposal and advance to candidacy.