At this juncture, I feel it’s time to reflect:
When you first get accepted…cocky optimism
Your first semester of course work
Prepping for your comprehensive exams
Taking your comps and doing the oral defense
Brief moment of positivity…
…quickly followed by Imposter Syndrome (tm)
Apathy and loss of hope
Crazy rebound determination
…and over the hurdle and back to positivity.
Stay tuned for adventure #2: writing the dissertation!