Today marked an important day for me. It marked the culmination of two very hard years of school and the completion of another long goal I set for myself. Today I successfully presented my research to a packed room, took a slew of questions from said packed room, and then defended that research in a closed-door session with my committee (a rather unpleasant experience I might add). My written thesis is completed and just needs some revisions and I can submit everything to the grad school to receive my degree. I like to consider myself a pretty humble person....but today, I'm happy with this passing of my defense. I earned it. Just like setting out to hike the AT, I set out to earn a Masters of Science in Geology (Ice Core Paleoclimatology). Today I have.
So now I will take a few days "off" to enjoy this accomplishment before tackling PhD grad school applications and Antarctica preparation. As far as "What's next?"....well I think I just answered that question.....PhD
For now, it's time to have a few beers and celebrate with the rest of my geology friends (2 others of which defended their PhDs yesterday!). It has been a big week for the ice group at Penn State.
Dad...I know you were there during my defense, and I hope you at least partially understood what the hell I was talking about :-)
.....and the journey goes on...