Kyle is dissertating like a madman and it’s taking over our lives! He is literally attending zero activities outside of church and is working nearly every waking hour. He didn’t even watch The Big Rivalry Game with our basketball group last night!! (That is a huge sacrifice!) I have been feeling a little neglected and lonely (my primary love language is quality time) so Kyle took me out on a proper date on Friday evening, which was lovely. Well, being together was lovely. Our expectation for the restaurant was probably too high (some say it’s the best burger in Durham – I don’t think so but if it isn’t that’s kind of sad) and we were accosted by a homeless person as we walked back to our car which was tense and kind of scary. But anyway, Kyle is trying to schedule a date to defend before April 10 and at this point it can’t happen straightforwardly but we’re hoping he can get one with a little finagling. If it’s not going to be before April 10 (the deadline to graduate this semester) he’s going to try for later in April for a summer graduation. That will be disappointing because he won’t be able to walk in the May graduation ceremony, but at least the whole PhD thing will be done! So we’re reaching an end game now, one way or another.
This week marked the end of my Emerging Leaders Institute certificate program. (Now I can get back to full full-time research!) We launched our website showcasing career-advancing experiences last weekend and gave our final presentation on Friday. It went well and people seemed to like what we accomplished over these few weeks. However of the three pieces of feedback we received (anonymously) through the website, one was positive and two were negative. One of the negative pieces of feedback pointed out that we had no representation of testimonials from non-STEM PhDs. I double-checked with my humanities PhD groupmate and it seemed that of the two testimonials he pursued, one person never responded to him and one person’s testimonial was collected as a video, which hadn’t yet made it in to the Prezi (technical difficulties, I think). So I felt really terrible about that feedback – we intended to collect those kinds of testimonials, but apparently they were much harder to find and ultimately we didn’t put in the one we did get. If you had a career-advancing experience during your PhD, especially if you are not a STEM PhD, would you please submit it to [email protected] in the format of the other testimonials (seen on the website)? We would love to add it to the Prezi. Thanks!
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