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Nerves are getting to me - PhD exam tomorrow

post #1 of 22
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ahhhhh tomorrow I have a qualifying exam for my PhD. Currently I'm in my masters and in order to not have to complete it and go directly to my PhD I have to do this big exam infront of a committee of experts in my field, where they question me on everything I'm planning to do for the next three years,
I've been studying so hard, but I can't believe it's tomorrow. I officially feel like I'm going to barf.
post #2 of 22
I get to do mine in November!

Many many many for you - you'll do great! Just don't let them scare you - if you look and sound confident, they'll think that you are! You've gotten this far already - there's no way that you're not ready for this!

Get some sleep tonight - you need to be fresh tomorrow to think on your feet! As my PI said before my big committee meeting last month - alcohol helps put you to sleep.
post #3 of 22
Good luck for tomorrow!
post #4 of 22
I take it you a doing your oral defense? I actually had to do one to graduate with honors in my undergrad major at Cornell. I was so nervous; some of the top professors in my field were there. I thought I didn't do well, but I passed. The night after I found out I passed, I got a little drunk. Okay, a lot drunk.

So, in anticipation of your success -
post #5 of 22
Wow!!!! Good luck!!!! and good vibes coming your way!!

post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
thanks for the vibes everyone!

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Originally Posted by Sandtigress View Post
I get to do mine in November!

Many many many for you - you'll do great! Just don't let them scare you - if you look and sound confident, they'll think that you are! You've gotten this far already - there's no way that you're not ready for this!

Get some sleep tonight - you need to be fresh tomorrow to think on your feet! As my PI said before my big committee meeting last month - alcohol helps put you to sleep.
haha a little beer to wash away all the weak brain cells......
post #7 of 22
Oh wow ....... sending calming vibes your way. I am sure you will do fine.

Way to go to you and to Pam
post #8 of 22
Good luck! What are you studying? I had to do these sort of tasks in my Ph.D program too such as comprehensive exams and oral defense for my dissertation.

I'm sure you'll do fine!
post #9 of 22
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well today is the day, still want to barf but oh well! I am studying biochemistry and biomedical science, and my thesis invovles drug discovery for neurodegenerative disease. I guess the department is assuming ill pass, since they've booked my flight to a conference in Boston on Thursday to present my preliminary material and future experiments, soooo heres to hoping. Deep breaths....
post #10 of 22
Oh this is so exciting! I'm crossing everything for you! And thank you for pursuing a career in which you can do so much good for so many people.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
well today is the day, still want to barf but oh well! I am studying biochemistry and biomedical science, and my thesis invovles drug discovery for neurodegenerative disease. I guess the department is assuming ill pass, since they've booked my flight to a conference in Boston on Thursday to present my preliminary material and future experiments, soooo heres to hoping. Deep breaths....
Oh, that sounds interesting! I'm working with genetic control of behavior and sensorimotor integration in a model organism and doing stuff like serotonin and dopamine, so I bet our work isn't too far off!

You'll do great - let us know how it goes!
post #12 of 22
I hope things are going well right now for you!!

wow, we have a lot of super smarties here on TCS
post #13 of 22
Sooooooo....how did it go???
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
I passed! Officialy en route to my PhD!

Although I must say it was the longest most painful two hours of my life! So brutal, but I never have to go through it again!
post #15 of 22
Congrats!
post #16 of 22
Congratulations, that's great news!!!!! Now you have the "fun" of actually doing the PhD!
post #17 of 22
Congratulations
post #18 of 22
Congratulations!!
post #19 of 22
Wahoo! I knew you'd do great!
post #20 of 22
Way to Go, thats fantastic news!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
I passed! Officialy en route to my PhD!
I´m late for the good wishes to you... BUT is great that all goes all right!...
congratulations!...
post #22 of 22
Congratulations!!

Your work sounds awesome, and also mind-boggling. I'm glad someone nice like you is doing it though!
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