So what is this Sugarless Doctor blog about? Fairly simple: This is a very personal blog made public by choice to benefit those MATX students who join the program after the author's completion of its course work. This offered benefit is open to interpretation given the content this blog will provide. It could be constructive or completely destructive and misleading, therefore, if you are one of those curious scholars to be please read the following posts at your own risk. Enough for a disclaimer, the door is now open.
This blog will document the process of construction of my PH.D. dissertation project and its eventual success of demise. Either way, I hope the information provided here will serve the purpose of a beacon by providing an insider's view into the walking of this intellectual path.
This blog documentation is beginning now, now means the last day of February of 2010. It will take 28 days to get to the next milestone: Second Comprehensive exams, and an extra month until the plane takes off headed to Richmond to present the prospectus and finally become a PH.D. CANDIDATE, or die in the process.
Second Comprehensive exams, as you know, are a cruel set of exams that help solidify the gap between doctoral students and their leading professors while opening a slight chance of connection between these two worlds. A seemingly benign bridge through the rings of fire that invite students to experience the ultimate intellectual squeezing on a PH.D. brain in the making. A weekend of disconnection from the world as we know it where students immerse into a textual seas of characters that try--after two days--to make sense of what has been read, hear, and smelled during two years.
What do these test prove? Nothing would be my gut answer. But then after a long and pensive consideration, with a head cool and more thoughtful, with the brain power refreshed and well fed I think they prove precisely that: nothing. There is no correlation between the comprehensive exams and the huge amount of information a human acquire in two years worth of grad level courses. Comprehensive exams are huge hurdle one must jump after completing an intellectual marathon. Is there a way to bypass it? Hem, no. Rings of fire exist for a reason and even though this reason has not been revealed to the general public it must be very important indeed for it will not change any time soon, believe me.
Passing this exam will clear the path to the next challenge: to present a thesis prospectus. I am not going to elaborate in what this step entails since I first have to figure out what a prospectus is. What I know so far is that I will fly to Richmond first class for the first time ever. The points accumulated via a major credit card debt to become a doctor finally rendered some positive results. I exchanged all those debt reward points for a first-class air ticket to fly to Richmond, Va. on Tuesday, April the twenty-second 2010. That is exciting news. Two months, just two more months to fly first-class. Obviously, I will buy a life insurance for the trip so my family, in the event of a catastrophic first-class falling, can be financially happy for a change.
Alright, that is it. A new entry tomorrow March first 2010.