November 07, 2003


I defended my comprehensive exam proposal yesterday. It wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be. Those of you that know me have seen how I can get super obsessive about things (playing bass, mountain biking, building computers, playing tribes, etc.). For about the past month, I have been eating, sleeping, and breathing Salmonella pathogenesis. Apparently I had a pretty good understanding of my topic because I anticipated almost all of the questions the faculty were going to ask. It was actually kind eerie giving the presentation because they weren't interrupting me all the time like I thought they would. In fact, the whole thing only took a little over an hour instead of the usual two and a half to three.

Now that it is all over I feel like a man that has just gotten out of prison after living there for 40 years, and immediately robs a liquor store because he dreads the freedom of the outside world. I kind of miss having one focused little question to obsess over 24-7. Now I have to turn my attention to all of the assorted projects I have going on for my own research. sigh...


Posted by doug at November 7, 2003 10:54 AM

Sleeping and breathing are one thing, but I really have to question any educational institution that forces you to eat Salmonella. Seems like grounds for a lawsuit if you ask me.

Posted by: dianna at November 7, 2003 11:29 AM

I'm glad to hear you destroyed your professors and their puny little brains. Congrats on your Ph.D. candidacy!

So your comps didn't cover the assorted little projects you have for your own research?

Posted by: Jacob at November 7, 2003 12:30 PM

congratulations!! but don't rob the liquor store. they have no salmonella. trust me, i've asked.

Posted by: erica at November 7, 2003 12:36 PM

Yeah, we only have to do one proposal for our comps that is not on our own research, unlike students here that got into the Institute of Molecular Biology throught the Chemistry department, or you poor bastards down at Berkeley. When are your comps?

Posted by: Doug at November 7, 2003 02:39 PM

I don't have my qualifying exam until spring. Possibly I'll try to get mine out of the way during the first round of exams....At least then the ordeal would be over.

Posted by: Jacob at November 7, 2003 03:12 PM

Good call. I was really jealous of my lab-mates who got to go a week before me.

Posted by: Doug at November 7, 2003 03:41 PM