At 5:45PM last night I finished the last of my PhD work (at least for the moment). I still have a bit of grading to do for the courses I am assisting, but as for my stress level... no more performance requirements! :)
It is a bitter sweet feeling for a couple reasons:
1) The exam I took last night was very difficult. I usually feel confident and good about myself when leaving tests... like I knew what I was talking about and must be better than everyone else... (have I ever mentioned that I am competitive and struggle with pride?) But, last night I felt like... I hope I did alright... what ever I did was the best I could do... and I have no opinions about how others are doing in comparison to me...
2) I'm excited about the next steps in my journey, but will miss the people that I have been around for the past 5 months. I have learned a lot, not only about Public Administration, but also about myself and the world around me this semester and am thankful for that.
So, please just call me Master Traci! Dr. Rowe may happen at some point in the future, but for now I am excited to be a master communicator and a more humble individual (I hope).