A funny thing happened on the way to my thesis

On about December 15th, I got my first round of thesis feedback from my advisor. It was good feedback and I set about taking the probably forty hours to combine the feedback, do a bit more research, fix a few tables and make some updates. I’m not going to lie, it was a grind. Not because it was hard work, but mostly because I was so tired of working on this bloody thing. I was so close to being done that I really didn’t want to spend any more time.

I gritted my teeth and I did all of that and then sent a note to my advisor telling him I needed to run a few things by him. I did tell him I had uploaded the final draft, pending our discussion, it was probably good to go.

My advisor had this almost throw away remark in the feedback about wanting me to include two or three pages of research and narrative on barriers to technology adoption. There was a minor problem, in that I was more or less at the word limit and adding two or three pages was going to require another 1,100 words.

I needed a phone call to figure out how to do this. So I sent an email and we went back and forth about a time. We were still doing that about twenty minutes before I got the paper back.

I guess I should have realized that when you upload the final draft, they mark it. Like, actually mark it. (I know, it astonishes me that people pay me money to advise them!)

Now, it’s a good grade. A nice solid A.

I really don’t have much to complain about (other than I wanted an A+, but that’s just me. I’m like that. I can admit it.)

I’m pleased. No, really, I am. I texted everyone who would remotely care (and probably a few people who didn’t, but at least feigned enthusiasm for me). I left work a bit early, went and bought myself a very large pumpkin spice latte and several books.

It just feels a bit . . . strange. I had expected some period of time where I nervously awaited my fate. I had expected to sweat a bit, worry.

If you have something you need worried about, it seems I have a bit of time and capacity. Send me a note or a comment. I’ll get right on it for you.

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5 Responses to A funny thing happened on the way to my thesis

  1. Debby Hornburg says:

    Well done! Let’s see. You could worry about our twitterpated president. I surely do.

  2. Chris says:

    Congratulations! Well done. Um, yes I’ll second that. I worry about the cheeto in chief at a low simmer all day every day. It’s utterly exhausting, and I’m somewhat of a professional worrier according to my husband. (I’m also currently worrying about pup’s upset tummy and the unending worry about my job, if you’re really looking for things about which to worry).

  3. Sharon says:

    This is no small thing. You worked hard and the powers that be recognized that, though that’s not something to be taken for granted. Congratulations on all that you’ve accomplished, professionally and personally. May this year be all that you want it to be~

  4. Phoenix says:

    Congratulations on completing your thesis! And you got an A! That is awesome!!! Well Done!

  5. loribeth says:

    Good stuff — congratulations!! 🙂

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