Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You're the Historian: ABD

Today, I had my dissertation proposal defense.

Which basically just means I had a (somewhat intense) conversation with my committee members (three historians, of science, environment, and public health) about my 20-page proposal that I sent to them a week ago.

And it went well! I passed! I got lots of feedback about questions that still need answering and problems that still need addresssing, so the work is only beginning, but it feels wonderful to have jumped through this penultimate hoop. And one of my committee members even said, "I think this is a great project. I love it! I can't wait to read the book." So that's good news.

So, now I'm ABD (All But Dissertation). And I'm a dissertator. All these new titles to make my own.

Now I just have to figure out where to go from here, how to go from a life filled with concrete assignments and deadlines to one wide open and free. Any sage scholars out there have any good advice for me? I sure would appreciate it...

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