Many of you are aware that I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology, and that it's been making me miserable for a good while now. I don't want to throw a pity party for myself, but overall, I would describe my graduate school experience as "spirit-crushing." It's been a long and mostly horrible six years.
However, my fortunes have shifted recently, in that after a long period of stagnation, my experiments are giving me positive data that I can use to put together a manuscript for publication and finish off my thesis. I had a committee meeting on Tuesday and I finally got the green light- meaning that I'll spend the summer finishing up some more lab work, submitting a manuscript, writing my dissertation, and I should be ready to defend in August or September. THANK GOD.
I still have a lot of work to do, but the end is finally in sight.