After 4 years of writing, studying, presenting, analyzing…and writing, it’s officially over. I have graduated with my PhD, an incredible feat, especially considering the imposter syndrome I used to struggle with. Getting a PhD–the highest degree a university confers–is not easy, if it was everyone would do it. I’m more proud of myself today than I ever have been. I have worked so hard toward something great, persevered through many challenges, and accomplished something BIG 🙂
I feel very emotional when I think about the past 4 years. My first year was ROUGH personally but the rest were all so memorable (if not just ridiculously stressful). I grew up big time over the past 4 years and accomplished many personal and professional things. This past weekend was a celebration of everything I worked toward and it feels like it’s the end of an era.
I have been blessed to have had so much support from family and friends throughout this whole journey. I now feel a bit of what we runners call post-marathon blues. You train for so long for an event, then it comes and it is AMAZING, then you’re left feeling like “now what”. I know that I am just starting my career in academics, but it is still a bit bittersweet to know that my time as a PhD student is over.
I hope writing about my new experiences on this blog will help me to figure out the new chapter that is starting in my life. Thank you to everyone who has read this blog and provided such encouraging, supportive comments over the past two and a half years. It’s been an incredible ride and I can’t wait to set my next goal…and get after it.
Have you ever struggled with a “post-event” or “post-race” depression (where you worked hard toward a goal, achieved the goal, and felt a bit depressed after it was all over)?
What is your favorite way to celebrate a big accomplishment?