Ph.D. milestone exams the next two days and I feel… okay?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

damarajade:  I did not have to do comps, exactly, but I was given a question a day for three days, and had to write an essay on the spot using info from a 40-book reading list. I was kind of nervous, but I had a miserable go during my masters. (Which is weird, as I graduated with a 4.0 but I was convinced I’d failed utterly. Oh, grad school!)

I think you will be fine. You really do know this stuff inside and out, I bet.

Good luck and congrats!!!! I’ll send good vibes your way.


Post # 3
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

damarajade:  Also, your topic areas sound awesome! You’ll do great!


Post # 4
7090 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

damarajade:  I felt great going into my quals and they were a breeze! I think confidence is key! It sounds like you’re going to kick ass and your project is awesome 🙂

Post # 5
4909 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was a hot mess for comps (quals), but mine were KILLER. My dissertation defense was a breeze though. Every program is so different, I know some people who had the opposite. Either way, you’ll be fine!!!! 

Post # 7
1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I bet you’re just so well prepared you’ve got nothing to be nervous about! My bar exam was a lot like your exams, two consequtive 8-hour days. I was extremely nervous at first but then when I started writing I was so calm it was almost creepy and I passed without a problem. It sounds like you really know your material so well nerves don’t stand a chance. 

Good luck with your exams. I’m sure you’ll ace them!

Post # 9
6541 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

damarajade:  I am preparing for my oral qual right now. I didn’t have to do the written exam because I passed the core courses with good marks, but writing a research proposal (~40 pages for mine) can be a pain. I am almost done, like today! My presentation will likely be next month. We have tons of projects and courses, so it keeps me busy. 

Your topic sounds great! You’ll do great 😉 Take some snacks with you. Hopefully they allow them.

Post # 11
2108 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I can’t relate but I wanted to wish you the best of luck!!!

Post # 13
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

damarajade:  you’ll do fantastic!!!! Just keep on keeping on!! I have my oral defense scheduled in 2 weeks and I am oddly calm!! You got this!

Post # 14
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I was anxious about comps until I studied for them. When I started studying I felt really good! I was confident when I took them and did really well. I honestly loved the whole comps experience because I was finally able to connect everything I had been learning for the 3 years leading up to them.

Good luck!

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