Is the relief visible in my writing? Does the font look any different now that I'm past the half-way mark of my PhD?
Yeah, I didn't think so. Thanks to the somewhat odd British educational system, after the divisional seminar and the very short mini-viva, the post-doc colleague who sits next to me congratulated me on my new status... as a PhD student. Not exactly a significant accomplishment since for all intents and purposes, I've technically had that status since August 2007.
In reality, though, completing this hurdle translates into two important things. First, should I decide I've had enough, I can now walk away with another master's degree to show for my efforts. Second, I technically have no major deadlines for another two years when my dissertation is due. Aahhh... now the latter has a nice ring to it definitely.
To celebrate passing the half-way point, I have major vacations planned (and one already under my belt this last weekend to Finland.) I'll get around to posting pictures next week from last week's amazing trip when I'm on vacation in the States.
O-h-i-o here I come.