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30 Things to do Before 30 – Finish my PhD

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.


July 2009
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It is with an enormous amount of happiness and relief that I report the completion of my PhD. Well, at least the public and private defenses are over. Now I have ~ 1 week worth of changes and some writing to do for the paper that we hope to submit soon regarding the last thesis aim. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

Not too much excitement appears to come out of my mind, body or soul. I’m just so very tired. My eyes are dead-shut and I just want to take a break. But in a few more weeks I hope to report the completion of 2 more things: relocation to Canada and selling/donating a lot of extra stuff I have.

I’ll update later how the defense went down. But it’s enough to say that it’s over now.

Must run to edit and change the things my committee wants to see changed.


  1. Katarina says:

    Now that you’ve done this – you should consider http://www.phdbefore30.com

  2. 28 and a PhD says:

    Thank you Katarina!!! I’ll definitely get one. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  3. […] saying the words, when I was talking about what had been my life for the last 5 years. Memories (good and some not so good) started flowing, and I remember not being nervous at all. Friends, family, […]

  4. […] How do you feel when you get your PhD – I felt relief. Feel free to check my post on this topic. […]

  5. […] But with all the hustle of grad school I never really sat down to think “hey, the field might be saturated and this may be all the publishing you’ll get done, you’ll have to think of something else to devote your life to if you want to be a breadwinner someday.” I was also very clear in what I liked and didn’t and I truly felt like I’d found my niche. I was happy in my little lab corner, doing cool biology and not caring about a thing. Until that glorious day in 2009 when the defense happened. […]

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