Personal Life Update 5
Another week, another post, but this time with some more exciting news than usual. The biggest update, as some of you may have noticed, is that I am officially considered a doctoral candidate now! The transition into candidacy is due to officially passing comps, which is the major exam that I've mentioned previously.
For those of you who are unsure where that places me in the program, here is a brief summary of the timeline for a doctoral clinical psychology program (there are slight variations, and I plan to write a more detailed post about the timeline, but this will be a good summary). There are four major milestones that need to be completed prior to receiving a Ph.D. in clinical psychology: thesis, comps/quals, dissertation, and internship. Again, depending on the circumstances and the program there can be slight variations, but this is true for most people. They need to be completed in that order, with thesis representing the first two years of a program, comps and dissertation proposal being the focus of the third year, dissertation work and internship interviews for fourth year, and finishing dissertation and internship fifth year. (That's the ideal scenario, and why programs often consider themselves to be five year programs, but six years is more common, and some students take longer).
So, by completing my thesis and comps, I now only have two major milestones to complete before having my Ph.D.! That's a huge relief to have the first two milestones passed, and it's motivating to know that I'm getting closer to completing my program. And yes, I'm about half-way through the program, with three years completed and another three (including this year) to go. It's not a quick process...(and there will also be the licensure process after the degree, though that comes later). But I'm also done with classes, so these next three years will basically be working, not being a traditional student.
In addition to officially being done with comps, I also made some revisions to the layout of my site, which finally gives the site a UI I am happy with keeping the same for quite a while. It was a long process to get it to this point, but now that it's finished I feel more motivated to work on adding additional content!
Overall, those are the two major updates for this week. Coming up, I'm close to determining who will be on my dissertation committee, and I will begin writing some of the introduction for my dissertation fairly soon. As that progresses, and I have other updates, I will continue to write these posts.
In the mean time, I plan to continue celebrating my transition into candidacy by spending the afternoon with my wife, who was very understanding of my crazy study schedule and helped to keep me motivated during the comps process.
Until next week!
(Oh, and the first two episodes of Doctor Who for this season were great. Just saying.)