On Tuesday, September 4th, I found out I successfully passed the written portion of my preliminary exams! WOOHOO! Although it is quite an accomplishment, it still feels a bit anticlimactic since I still have to defend orally.
But I earned my C (in D-O-C-T-O-R) and now I'm studying for my T...which will take place on Thursday, September 27th. If I successfully defend that day, then I will change from a doctoral student to a doctoral 'candidate' (or sometimes referred to as ABD 'all but dissertation'). It's exciting and a bit terrifying.
Somedays I feel this PhD journey is taking for-e-ver, and other days I realize how quickly it's flying by.