Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oh My Gosh I'm Back Again

Surprise!!!  I'm finally back and ready to blog better than ever.  Can you believe you haven't seen me in over a month?!  I though my hiatus would end when I defended my thesis, but unfortunately it was a pretty stressful and draining process.  I'm finally finished with graduate school though - it feels completely unreal - maybe it won't feel real until actual graduation?  Has anyone had this happen to them?

Anyway,  let me fill you in a little bit on how the past month has gone......

First, I defended my thesis.  I must admit, I was pretty nervous about the process.  Basically, this is how it all goes down..... you meet with your committee and anyone else who wants to come along for the ride - in my case some of the other students that I work with and some of my friends from school - then you give a power point presentation on your thesis project.  After you're done presenting, it's question and answer time!  I was most nervous about the questions, but surprisingly no one had any for me - ummm thank goodness.  The people that came to watch leave and then you defend in front of your committee - my committee asked me some questions about my statistics (why I used those particular tests etc.) and then they give you comments for improvement.

Unfortunately, it doesn't end there.  You make the comments for improvement and send them back to your committee - then they decide that you can submit your thesis to the graduate school.  Now, let me just say the graduate school is pretty picky.....they sent my thesis back because my introduction was missing a page number!!! Yikes bikes!  Luckily, I fixed the issue, resubmitted and now my next stop is graduation :) 

Fortunately, I'm a very lucky girl and having amazing friends definitely helped in this process.  If you're working on a thesis in graduate school, my biggest tip to you would be to take breaks.  They make everything so much better and you'll find that you have more energy to get back on track with your work - I like to spend my breaks with my friends, working out or cooking.  Do whatever works for you!

In the meantime, I'll be working in the lab where I've worked through graduate school and I'll keep doing consulting at my other job where I see clients and teach a weight loss class while I begin my search for full-time employment.  Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me!

Also, can I just say that I am totally and absolutely in love with pinterest? Leave your pinterest name in the comments and I'll be sure to follow you :)

What have you been up to while I've been MIA?