I’ve been quiet around here lately, not because I had nothing to say, but because I was surprisingly busy in the weeks between turning in my dissertation and preparing for my DEFENSE! tomorrow morning.
In our department, DEFENSE! is a fairly un-mysterious process. This is because our DEFENSE!s are open to the public, so I’ve been able to attend several over the past few years. Having those opportunities really does make the process much less scary – and really, I think of it as something exciting and perhaps even fun. The last time I did a DEFENSE! I was finishing my bachelor’s degree and defending my undergraduate honors thesis in history. THAT was scary, and I suppose I completed it by the skin of my teeth (although I must’ve done something right, or else I wouldn’t be here about to defend a dissertation).
So I can’t wait for tomorrow. And I’m obsessed with this fun joke about Snakes at a Thesis Defense…and kinda wish it were true. I mean, wouldn’t snake-fighting make the whole thing a lot more exciting?
Then again, this is my DEFENSE! we’re talking about, and I suppose the truth is that excitement will never be lacking as long as it’s my DEFENSE!
But hey, feel free to send some snakes my way if you like – and I’ll report back soon with the results of my DEFENSE!