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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Well, I passed...

Just a quick note today, since it has almost been a month since I posted to this blog. I passed the oral defence of my comprehensive exams a week ago Friday (so eight days ago now). It was interesting, the faculty always tell students that it should be a conversation and that one most topics that you have written about that you are the expert sitting around the table because you've spent more time thinking about your interests than anyone else in the room. However, most of the ones that I had sat in on prior to my own, I have to be honest and say that defence was an accurate term for what I had witnessed. Mine wasn't so much...

Mine did become a conversation, and the interesting thing was that it was a conversation that I wasn't even involved in at times. I can specifically remember three separate occasions where the faculty were talking about and forth to one another, discussing something that I had written or said and I wasn't even involved in the conversation (which was fascinating for me, to listen to their thoughts and ideas). I have to say that the two hour process was thoroughly enjoyable and I would have sat there for another two hours had they wanted to.

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