Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thesis Defense Update

This morning's thesis defense was sort of like running the 1/2 marathon last September.

When I finished, I was sweaty, thirsty, exhausted and a little dizzy. I had a slight headache, a strong sense of accomplishment and relief, a confused appetite (hungry? no? yes?) and a moderately impaired decision making ability. I enjoyed having done it, even though it was painful and difficult at some spots, and I very much liked how it felt to be done. Both the 1/2 marathon and the thesis defense were harder than I expected... and in both cases, I was able to finish with my head up.

Also in both cases, my satisfaction came from having run/worked well, not from the time/grade I received (I didn't actually get a grade on the thesis yet - it'll be interesting to see what grade I get. It could totally go either way).

In the end, it was a lot of fun. The thesis committee asked some very pointed, tough questions, and all I can say is "Dang, I like a good fight." I enjoy being challenged and pressed and forced to explain my position. 

And holy cow, I'm so glad to be done.

2 comments:

Eileen said...

We're happy and relieved for you, Dan, and of course very, very proud, too! Wish we could have been there today. Dad and I both agree that we probably would have felt like we did at your HS wrestling matches ;) GO DAN!!!

Dick Field said...

Congratulations, Dan!