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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Chris, May 17, 2010.

  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    I JUST FARKING PASSED MY DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAM!!!!
     
  2. Kitty

    Kitty AKA\Debby

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    YEA! CONGRATS, YOUR SO SMART! :clap:
     
  3. Alexis

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    That is awesome news, Chris! Not that I'm a bit surprised, though, brainiac dude. I am very happy for you. CONGRATULATIONS!! Don't celebrate too hard tonight, K? Yeah, right.
     
  4. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Every time your name came up this past weekend, the words "smart little f**ker" were included. It's not too surprising that you passed.

    Congrats, Chris!
     
  5. Dale

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    Congratulations, Chris. Are we s'posed to call you Doctor, now?
     
  6. Chris

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    Thanks everyone!

    Dale, not for a couple more years (finish/defend my project) The comprehensives are the gatekeeper. If you don't pass they kick you out. It is by far the scariest and most stressful part of getting the degree.

    You have to orally present your PhD proposal to your examining committee and then get verbally grilled on everything you could have ever learned that would be relevant to your project, everything from first principles to seminal papers to cutting edge stuff. It's a nightmare and has caused more than one student to have a breakdown.
     
  7. Chris

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    ...and for those wondering, yes this is the main reason I did not make it to Redlands this year :(
     
  8. Alexis

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    That's so cool, Chris. I've posted a little congratulatory gift to you, I'll send you the tracking info.

    I imagine you are looking down on Cloud 9 right about now!
     
  9. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    I want some prescriptions. STAT.
     
  10. Alexis

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    Therefore, it will not be an obstacle for attending NEXT year!
     
  11. Chris

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    Thanks Alexis! You Rock!!

    It hasn't really sunk in yet. Everyone who has gone before me says it takes 3 or 4 days before you realize you did it.
     
  12. Mary Jane

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    Congratulations, Chris. I knew there had to be a helluva reason....
    We'll see you next year, hopefully.
     
  13. Chris

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    MJ, if I'm coming next year, your ass better be there. I hear you're the only one that can give me a run for my alcohol appreciation.
     
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    I will have you know I drank all of 8 beers the two days I was there. And a mojito but that was at a restaurant with my husband..

    To say I could keep pace with a man of your age is outrageous and a total lie. I would be passed out, face down, in the goldfish trough.

    But I will be there next year. Would be honored and proud to tip a beer with you!
     
  15. Dale

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    Thanks for the explanation, Chris. Sounds like a really big deal. I presume you had a spare set of dainties in your backpack.
     
  16. Chris

    Chris New Member

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  17. Dale

    Dale New Member

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    Valu-Pak? *high five*
     
  18. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    that's not what Jon said.
     
  19. Mary Jane

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    There's a reason Jon doesn't have a job in his 'chosen field' where he has, like, 4 degrees.
    The boy can't count.
     
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    Yeah, I hafta agree with MJ; she left me with a fridge full of beer. Bought a coupla cases in anticipation of the Beer Queen's arrival. Now what am I going to do with it all? Jon and I did our best to put a dent in it, but still...