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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! 


It rained cats and dogs today, but I challenged the sun. Seems like the sun has been shy lately, at least here. I spent my morning thinking of what I could do to make it better for what seems to be on most people’s minds lately – the famine in Africa. I kept wishing the rain could go there for a while. I do donate what I can every month to charity. I know it doesn’t really do a lot, but it’s all I can do for now to help. I just need to finish my education to be ready to go out there and truly make a difference.

Since I’ve been out of school since June, my motivation to study has faltered a little. To change this, I have been looking for inspiration all day long. When being lucky, I catch those people with little sparks of inspiration flowing from them. I take it to heart, and make sure to process it. But what I should be doing is probably to read the articles I have as favorites on Twitter. The first 16 (current favorite count 296) are inspirational quotes I’ve found since I started tweeting. Anyway, today’s motivation was put on after reading the following:

“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”

//c_Cae; over and out