Sewing friends, I have some exciting news to share with you today. After 5 long years, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am now the extremely proud owner of a Harvard PhD. All went well with my thesis defense earlier this week, which means you may now refer to me as Dr. Carolyn. 🙂
Not surprisingly, earning my degree has proven to be a very emotional experience, and I suspect it would be impossible for me to adequately describe how I feel in words. Those of you who have gone through this process can relate to the wonderful feelings of accomplishment and relief combined with the strange anti-climactic sense of “that’s it?” Mostly though, I feel proud and excited for the next step in my career, and I feel a sense of validation that all the years of frustration and sacrifice were worth it in the end.
I received a lot of good feedback during the defense from professors and colleagues, but the following comment from one of my committee members really struck a chord with me. With a puzzled look on his face, he said:
“Carolyn, this was such a complicated project. Why did you choose such a complicated project for your PhD??”
Haha, if only I knew what I was getting myself into! He also referred to my project as an “odyssey.” I think I would agree.
Anyway, my defense day was wonderful, made even better by the fact that John and my family could be there with me to celebrate, not to mention the absolutely gorgeous (not too hot!) weather. My new job doesn’t start until October, so after finishing up some paperwork at the university, I’ll have a glorious 6 weeks off. Can anyone say sewcation??? 🙂
Thank you to all of you for your encouragement and support over the years, and especially during the past few months. As I’ve said before, the sewing community is such a wonderful group of kind and generous people, and each and every one of you has helped me along this journey in one way or another. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and here’s to exciting new adventures ahead!