Congrats to all you ladies!
I just wrapped up my Ph.D.
It was a strange thing, actually. I finished my Ph.D. in 4 years and we moved out to Vermont right away. After a few months here we decided this was the right place and time to start a family. A few months ago I got my official certificate. I didn't really feel like I had accomplished much. I mean, here I am in my second trimester and all I can really think about is how amazing and rewarding this motherhood process is. MORE rewarding that a Ph.D., apparently. My husband said, "well, don't you feel excited! You're a DR!" And I shrugged. "Eh," I said, "yeah."
I'm super excited about my research, my book projects, my job opportunities (and the teaching job I already have), but I feel like I have left my life as a student behind -- and it feels SO good I don't ever want to go back. In fact, I don't really feel any pride about my degree. It's something that I worked my butt off for, growing up in a trailer park with illiterate parents -- it used to be my biggest dream. It was my only focus for a good part of 10 years.
And now, it's all gone. It's accomplished. And I feel so happy and proud to be moving on to my next adventure -- one that promises even more joy for me. This is a great feeling!