Wednesday, August 15, 2007


This morning, at 9:00 it would have been three weeks.

Three weeks and two days since we got the email with our questions.

Two days which involved approximately 40 of the 48 hours alloted being spent in front of the computer.

48 hours which passed with no time to re-read what I wrote, never mind edit it.

48 hours and 15 minutes after I received the questions, I sent 36 pages back. Because of computer wonkiness (whatever possessed me to download a new copy of Acrobat Reader in the middle of such a time?), I was 15 minutes beyond the deadline (it was OK, they accepted it).

I've never written 36 pages in two days before.

I have also not read what I wrote in the ensuing three weeks.

This morning, I started to obsessively check my email for results.

At 2:00 this afternoon, I got my answer.

I passed!!!!!!!!!

Oh, there's still plenty of trials and tribulations ahead of me: proposal defense, orals, IRB submission, dissertation defense, applying for post-docs...

But I will never have to pass comprehensive exams again.

I will not have to worry about feeling like I disappointed my adviser and my department chair.

Makes me feel downright smart...maybe a bit of that particular "impostor syndrome" has been decreased.

Go me.


Susan Palwick said...

Congrats! I vividly remember the day when I passed my comps. It's a great feeling!

Christian Sinclair, MD said...

Way to go!

Finishing any test is quite an accomplishment. Passing it is the cherry on top.

may said...

yehey for you! congratulations!

NocturnalRN said...

Congratulations!! You go girl!