In case the title of the post doesn't give it away, I passed my dissertation defense last Wednesday! I can officially use the title of Dr. Depending on when the baby is actually born will determine if I walk in December or not. I predict a full-moon baby, which would mean Dec 14th. As long as I have a natural zero complications childbirth then I should be good to walk in the graduation on Dec 17th but we'll have to wait and see.
Going back to dissertation defense for a moment, it was a total let down! I had to ask if I had passed because there was no big congratulations Dr. or yes you passed. I honestly thought I had failed and had to present/defend again. Apparently that is the MO of my dissertation chair. I asked a friend that had the same chair and graduated back in May and he said he felt the exact same way. He had to ask if he had passed too.
As I have settled into the idea of having passed I'm slowly changing my email signatures and remembering to let people know that I actually am a doctor now. Seems strange and weird. I have another chapter to write for the dissertation along with some changes here and there to make it better but the title is mine! WOW! I can't believe I did it. I'm only two semesters behind schedule. May graduation would have put right on target for completing my degree "on time" but December is nothing to sneeze at. There are lots of people who never finish!
So there you have it. I'm a doctor of education. It all started with deciding to have a home birth. That one decision moved me into a new tribe of people and ultimately into educational research. Gymgirl changed my entire life and career. I can't wait to see where this new baby, Spud, leads me.