|Posing with the Comps Cape. I’m the first
to sign it! Learn more here.
Well, it’s been an hour since I successfully defended my comprehensive exams and the good news hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
I am done with comps. DONE. No one is going to ask me to “demonstrate my knowledge” that way again. I passed. I can put the stacks and stacks of articles away. I can re-shelve the 25 books on my desk. I can check “comps” off my to-do list. Wowza!
Aside from general relief, I feel so freaking grateful right now. I appreciate the family, friends and mentors who helped me prepare, keep sane, keep focused… I’m glad those same people put up with a probably-more-grumpy-than-normal me for all these months. Thank you!!
And I’m especially thankful that my fabulous committee* not only liked my comps answers, but found by my dissertation ideas interesting as well. Although I still have to write and defend my prospectus (dissertation proposal), it’s nice to know they are on board with my master plan so far!
|After the defense, my committee members and I signed
the Comps Cape. I will “cape” the next lucky student and
they will repeat the process. To see my caping ceremony,
Now, off to class and then to celebrate!
* The committee is a team of professors that I chose to guide me through the comps writing and dissertation process. They read all of the drafts, provide feedback, ask pointy questions, and make everything better/harder/smarter. Without question, I have the best committee at ASU. I’m just saying. (Yeah, I’m hoping they read this. ha!)
Operation Kick-Ass Comps: How I plan to survive comprehensive exams
O.K.A.C. #1: Intro to Sensemaking, aka “How can I know what I think until I see what I say?”
It’s not you, it’s me: Taking a break from social media (so I don’t fail my comprehensive exams)
A Grateful Heart: Friends, the secret to surviving comprehensive exams