Ok, I’ve got to toot my own metaphorical horn:
Today I finally submitted my fully complete and approved PhD thesis (geology - VGP)! I am the orogeny! I am the hot-rock doctor! I am the lava that scorches the Earth! Hail to my esoteric skillset!!
I’m particularly extra-chuffed about this bc:
> This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.
> I’m notably younger than all my peers.
> It took 1 semester less than my adviser planned for.
> Since my undergrad wasn’t in geo or enviro I was considered a total gamble and likely risk for failure when I was first accepted (and the faculty who voted against my acceptance made sure I knew).
> I’m the first in my family to pursue graduate education!
> My field area was obscenely remote, so I got to fucking name a volcano!!!
> Nearly dropped out ~ 3,790 times (mostly due to S.A.D. and/or burnout)
> After 4.5 years, finally get to move the hell out of the midwest and back to my beloved mountains of the western US!
> I’ve contributed brand-spanking-new knowledge to the human race and if that isn’t top-tits, then I don’t know what is.
This may be the first time in my life where I’m 100% sure my 5-year-old self would think I’m cool. It’s an amazing experience.