The deadline for the PhD application was on April 16, which resulted in me working over Easter desperately trying to finish it. It ended up pretty good, if I may say so myself. The only problem now is out of my hands, and I can only hope that my application stands out enough to call for an interview among the 40 other applicants. Other than being nervous, I also managed to finish my thesis.

I sent it in twice for revision and now the final version is in my hands. I only need to check for some minor errors and find typos. After than I’m ready to write a presentation manuscript and defend it. It’ll be fun, I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. Knowing that I have so many people that support me is very comforting. I’m not gonna lie, I am nervous but being a little nervous is good. It feels amazing and very unrealistic at the same time. Once my defence is over and I pass, I will have made my childhood dream come true and I’ll finally be a marine biologist.

I remember when I first started this blog and it was all about being a bartender before I realised I need to head back to uni and finish what I started. I also remember the picture shown to me when I was 8 and I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to be an archeologist and head for the deep blue instead. For the longest time as a child, I thought the words marine biologist was just a made up thing. I had just put together two words that made sense to me: marine because of the ocean and biologist because of all the life around us. Countless of times was I met with the question Is that even a thing? Of course it is! Look at me now. I’m very happy, although the thought of not knowing what I’ll do the coming years is frightening.

Most of all, I’m proud of myself. I’ve managed an education with 0 in debt. Zero. Nil. Nada. My degree is the manifestation of hard work in its purest form. Yes, I have put many things aside to achieve this but it is worth it. I’m also very proud of the fact that I managed to do something that I’d never thought I’d be able to pull off. My thesis is strictly theoretical and it’s packed with statistics. I’m still afraid of statistics but I now have a fundamental understanding to it and I know why it’s important. It scared the living being out of me when I took it but I am really glad I did it. It put me through so much agony, pain and frustration but it paid me back in knowledge and resilience. I’m really impressed with myself, not only to the fact that I managed to pull this thesis off, but also because I took the courage and challenged myself and walked out of it alive. So whatever the future has coming my way, I am not afraid.

//c_Cae; challenge accepted and achievement unlocked: marine biologist one month from now! 


6 responses to “Rejoice

  1. Dear Dr. Truong,

    I thought I might as well be ahead of the game and get used to the title. ;) In Yiddish your blog would called ‘kvelling’ – feeling happy and bursting with pride. You’ve certainly earned the right to kvell. :D Revel in this moment. You’ve worked damn hard for it. This Spanish Dancer is rejoicing with radiolarian glee for you. You are the woman! I’m so proud of you and this sea is waiting for the touch of the marine biologist’s hand.
    Many hugs to you, blog daughter.



    • Dearest blog mom,
      I sometimes think you always know the future better than I do. How do you pronounce kvelling? I want to start using it because it perfectly describes my current mood. I couldn’t have done any of if without your support, and I’m eternally thankful. Can’t wait to go to sea again.
      Lots of hugs and love,

  2. Dearest Caely,

    In the process of reaching this momentous goal, you appear to have mastered something that few ever do, that being mastery of yourself. It is the toughest trial of all and I think it is what underpins your coming doctorate.

    Well done.



    • My dearest D,
      Oh dear. This was an unexpected comment, but one I have longed for (and dearly missed). Your words remain as magical as I remember them. I hope you are as well as I am happy with my newly achieved goal. Miss you loads.
      Lots and lots of love,

  3. P.S. And don’t forget that you did it while being a great mom to Zoe.

    Love, D.

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