Sunday, April 18, 2010


You can now call me Dr. Sneks.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Just one more day!

I can't believe that I defend my dissertation tomorrow. 

5 years went by so quickly!

Already, I am almost forgetting all of the crappy parts and missing all of the wonderful parts.

Let's just hope tomorrow goes well!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Signs that an academic interview went well:

  1. the committee laughs so hard during your presentation that they can't breathe
  2. you drink beers on the rooftop of the science building
  3. you arrive home after midnight

Friday, April 09, 2010

Interview Today!

Wish me luck!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Already forgotten

I have been working on my PhD for 5 years now.  And if all goes well, I will "graduate" on Sunday, May 23rd.

For PhD students, "graduation" is actually a Hooding Ceremony in which the advisor hoods the new PhD.  It's very pompy and circumstancey.

I enjoy the champagne.

I realized a few days ago that my advisor was planning to be out of the country that day (starting field work with the rest of my labmates).  The really crazy part is that HE was the one that insisted on his students going to the hooding ceremony!

When I realized his scheduling mistake, I was really upset (perhaps exacerbated by lots of rum & diet coke).  And my wonderful labmate quickly emailed and notified him of the mistake.  And he is working on changing the travel dates. 

But I am still upset about it.  After 5 years of total dedication to working for him, he doesn't even look up the day of my most important event?  Or have one of his 3 secretaries do it?  Or have his RA or TA look it up?

I'll get over it eventually (with more rum and champagne). 

And tack it on to my list of "Things I will never do as an advisor".