Greetings readers. It is I, the blogger who disappeared under the dissertation rock. Boy have I got news too! I submitted my dissertation to my committee this last Monday! Woohooo! 4 months of nonstop writing and I have a couple hundred pages of science to show for it.
With that said, my dissertation defense will be on May 10, 2016 at 1:30pm.
Please pray for me.
Pray that I may go through and give it all I've got.
God told me to get a PhD and I think that I have learned quite a bit in the process even if a meteor hits the world on May 10 and prevents me from actually getting a diploma. So for me, the journey has been worth more than the diploma as a whole because it has been a 6-year purgatory and I have become a better person for it. I am more compassionate, merciful, courageous, self-affirming, confident, and tough than I ever thought I could be.
I have also grown a lot both intellectually as well as spiritually.
God had a plan for me, I trusted him, and now life is finally starting to move towards where I need to go because God gave me everything I needed to carry myself through this point and into the next stage of my life.
Time and time again, God has led me through difficulties as I worked on the research and data analysis necessary to get to this point. God taught me how to deal with just about every horrible work-related experience along the way as well as MRSA, wisdom teeth extractions, a mentor who moved himself and the lab to Florida, a social hierarchy within the lab that escalated into what could only resemble a blend between Mean Girls and North Korea (complete with multiple counts of social media stalking of both myself and my family), meeting Bishop Robert Barron (which was AWESOME), and even experiencing the miracle of motherhood (if this sounds like it came out of nowhere, well...it is because I kept it under wraps for a while due to the rampant sexism in the scientific world...but I think I can mention being a mom now that I have a job waiting for me after I finish up).
It has been quite a journey and I am finally nearing that light at the end of the tunnel. Please send a prayer up for me that I can complete this stage of my life and give St. Benedict that Columbia hoodie I owe him for being my patron throughout this crazy journey.