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

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

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

 

Post # 4
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Bumble 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 πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • 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
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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
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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 πŸ˜‰ Take some snacks with you. Hopefully they allow them.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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

Post # 13
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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
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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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