Saturday, November 29, 2014


I should be focusing on something else at the moment (ahem), but I know how anti-climatic finishing a PhD is for many students. So, again I'm going to write about the moment so that maybe it will feel a bit more "official." On Tuesday I handed over my thesis to my committee and to the thesis office for preliminary review. I had to print out the one that I turned into the thesis office. There was something very satisfying about holding a physical representation of my dissertation in my hands. It was big, and I felt the size was a good representation of all the work that I've put into it the last couple of months. Also, I've never considered writing to be my strong suit, although for most people that's probably true, so it's kind of fun to realize that I CAN write a book if I wish. 

Along with finishing the dissertation, I've ordered the food, reserved the auditorium, printed off the official pages for my committee to sign, and set a date for my last day in the lab where I will hand off all my reagents and lab notebooks. After working on my thesis for so long, I can hardly believe that I will be done in a week. Time slowed down to a crawl while writing the thesis, only to speed up to it's maximum velocity in these last days as I finish up my graduate student duties. 

I wish I had something more profound to say to mark the occasion. It's more of a relief than anything. All I can say is: I can't express how much I'm looking forward to FINALLY making the complete transition to building my programming skills full time. 

Monday, November 17, 2014


Okay, I feel a little bad because I haven't talked about the project that I contributed to or applied for round 9 of the Outreach Program. I will have to do that in a later post. Really though, I should give myself a break. I AM writing a dissertation for crying out loud.

Often times, I let good news slide by unnoticed as I pursue the next goal. So I want to savor the moment for just a little bit and I will do so by highlighting it in my blog. Also, I want to express my gratitude. Myself and the project was selected for the Outreach Program!!! I will be working with GNOME on their keysign application. I am so happy and thankful to have been chosen for this opportunity. I think it will be very satisfying on multiple levels, especially the part where my work will potentially affect a much larger group of people. Additionally, I am excited that I get to share this experience will all the other Outreach Program participants who are coming from such diverse backgrounds. I could go on but I'll summarize the moment with two words, thankful and excited.