Sunday, 24 January 2010

A Very Long Path



I don't write much about my PhD here.

I'm not quite sure why that is, because when I started this blog I thought it'd be full of interesting snippets from my academic life. Maybe it's just because research is, honestly, such a slow process. Exciting results just don't come along every day/week/month... I love my studies but there are more exciting things, day-to-day, in the rest of my life.

However, there's one little milestone I simply have to report on.

In most UK universities, it is (apparently) now standard to register all research students as MPhil candidates to start with, and then cause you to do some level of work to "earn" your place as a real PhD student.

On Thursday, I had that meeting. I'm now officially a PhD student. It probably shouldn't feel important - nothing has really changed - but it's nice to have that little stamp of approval. The stuff I've done so far has been okay, they really think I can turn this into a doctorate, etc.

It's just one more step along a very long path... but I'm thrilled to bits!

Snowy footpath


36 comments:

AmericanTribal said...

Oh my gosh, seriously, that is SUCH an accomplishment and I bet you will inspire many people to follow your path. Education is SO important, I wish I had stuck with my college studies when I could afford to actually go. As soon as my husband and I get back on track and out of debt we are BOTH going back to school.
You should be totally proud of yourself! Thank you for following my blog and the best of luck to you in your studies! I can't wait to come back and read more! :)

A Cuban In London said...

First of all, I think you're being too modest. You're engaged in a process in which I would like to be myself a few years hence. That final approval doesn't come without hard work and I, for one, would like to find out more about your thesis through your blog. Keep up the good work. Your reward is well deserved. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Domestic Executive said...

Congratulations on the nod towards your doctorate. I admire your determination to focus and examine a topic in such an indepth way. Good luck with the hard work that will most definitely be on this journey. I have a sneeky feeling that you'll do amazing work!

forgottengenius said...

Sometimes it seems like the most important milestones incur only small changes on the way of things. On the inside of a person however, in the essence of their very mind, such changes are however enormous.

Following my graduation from high school (I'm so unaccomplished as of yet that's the best example I can offer) I did not look different, and nothing seemed to have changed. Yet, it did. I walked with more pride, I felt more significant -- because I had passed from one part of life to another. And that feeling is awe-some.

Therefore I applaud you for having undergone this transition. You're one important step closer to you goal! <3

Vesper said...

Congratulations! I need to go back and get my PhD in Archaeology. I never finished it! But this should make you feel awesome!

Tabor said...

I stopped short of my Doctorate and somewhat regret that...do not sell this step short. It is big.

Louiz said...

congratulations! Maybe it is just a small step, but it's still an important one.

Looking forwards to seeing Dr Rachel:)

Lauren said...

Congrats! What are you studying?

erin - heart in ireland said...

yay :) that is exciting! hope the rest of the work continues as well!

Jacqueline said...

That's great Rachel, well done you! I couldn't even contemplate it. Doing a degree was more than enough studying for me.

Sam said...

Rock on, Rachel C! I'm not surprised, but I am thrilled for you.

liliannattel said...

Congratulations! I hope that you're celebrating. :)

http://ALittleAdrift.com said...

Big congratulations on this Rachel! Definitely news that is blog worthy and I really admire that you're going after such a high degree :-) Cheers!

MONICA-LnP said...

Congratulations that is great!

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

Congrats!!! May that path take you to endless excellence!

Emma said...

Congratulations! That's a big accomplishment. In Norway you actually have to do a master's first and then reapply for a Ph.D position (which has to be created especially for you by the admin, but there is a small chance someone more qualified might snatch it up).

Elizabeth Braun said...

I completely understand the feeling of making it past a hurdle here. At Leeds Uni, you're registered as a provisional PhD student until you've proved yourself over the first year. I guess a substantial number over the years have failed to make it past the early stages. Anyway, well done and keep up the good work! It'll only be 2 more years before we're all calling you Dr Rachel!=)

Sir's thinking about doing an MBA when we go back and he rather fancies a PhD as well, but I know I don't have the stomach for either!! I'll go to stitching classes instead.=)

BLOGitse said...

Congrats! Good girl! :)
Dr Rachel - that sounds so cool!

Have a great day!

"And so our stories go..." said...

How exciting. I'm going to follow you on your blog. That was the happiest day of my life when I earned my Ph.D. Congrats.
Mary

Bethany said...

Congratulations on the pursuit of your Ph.D.!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today, too!

Joanna said...

Congratulations! That's so fantastic!
I would also love to take you up on your offer. I have no clue how to make a bar in my header with links and such, and if you could point me in the right direction, I'd love you bunches!

American in Norway said...

COngrats! You go girl! Thanks so much for popping by today! : )

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Congrat! I stopped at a master's degree. A PHD is awesome! Stopping by from SITS!

christine said...

That's my girl:) sometimes just a few words and recognition of what you've done, and are capable of doing, can mean so much.
Love you xxxx

Me, Myself and Pie said...

Congrats! That really is an accomplishment!

Kristin said...

Congrats. You deserve to be proud. That's an amazing accomplishment!

Elisabeth said...

Congratulations, Rachel. I'm into the sixth year of my PhD part time. I have two years to go before it's due for completion and lately I've been having quiet conniptions about this.

So far I've loved it but since I moved a fair whack of energy into blogging I'm beginning to think almost everyday that it's time to slow down blogging, and haul the PhD in to get myself to the finishing line.

This PhD business is such a process, a wonderful process but it has certain triumphs and crisis points. I think I've reached one of the latter so it's good to read about a fellow blogger who's on the journey too and feeling good about it.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Congratulations! I knew someone who did a PHd in strawberries, but he's a really clever bloke and very admirable.

Christina Lee said...

OMg it's a HUGE stamp of approval--congrats!

Toni said...

Woohoo Rachel - GREAT accomplishment and one (however small you feel it is) you should be VERY proud of!
The longest paths we take are often the harest yet most rewarding! :)
p.s. see, I'm still following you :D

Diane said...

Yay you! You SHOULD be thrilled to bits! That's one serious accomplishment... we'll be calling your Dr. Rachel before you know it :)

Helen McGinn said...

Congratulations hon, that is wonderful.

Jeanne said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations!

(BTW -- I'm featuring Cake or Die tomorrow.)

Jeanne said...

Let me try that again: Eddie Izzard, "Cake or Death."

Sheesh.

Chef E said...

I realized I had not been over to your site, or it has been a dodgy over site on my part reading the feeds of blog.

I am excited for you, like in a motherly way, or maybe sisterly, even though I am old enough to be your mom! Ha, so you like Izzard? I do, he is a hoot in drag, great actor too.

I began blogging a year ago to release things I wanted to say to the world. Be me. No holds bar. In many ways I have developed into what I believe I was suppose to be, and many where I came from have not even gotten close to discovering this. I just hope I can come as close to your achievements, even if it is an honorary degree in my son's head.

I am glad to have met you and follow you. Look forward to more of you!

Rita A. said...

That is an achievement. Happy Friday Follow - Rita @ http://one2try.blogspot.com/

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