Last Friday was the day I have been preparing for. . .it was the day assigned to me to present my doctoral dissertation before the appointed Board of Examiners, in this case four professors from the Department of Psychology and a doctor from the College of Medicine, and anyone else who was interested to come.
It is also referred to as "defending one's thesis" although there was no one 'attacking'. . In fact the cordial conversation
after my presentation was a very pleasant discussion "among one's peers" about the positions I had presented about the strong and yet subtle role of environmental influence in the formation of one's self-esteem and its place in personality formation and life choices.
Well, I was 'accepted' and passed and, in early June, a the
graduations of the various Colleges of the University I shall be awared a Doctorate in Psychology summa cum laude.
After the customary formalities there were refreshments served in The Calefactory down the Hall . . . a mitigated form of high tea without the customary cucumber sandwiches.
Underclassmen...er..ahem. . Underpersons. . .lol. . are in prep for final exams. My own classes and the two sections I teach ended earlier last week. I'd love to be Home on The Dunes breathing in the invigorating salt air and listening to the undulant waves of the ocean on the "outerbanks". I shall be heading home for the weekend to do just that. . . . My parents and Mme Bouvier are beaming at the hoped for (and
expected) news and I am very happy to share this with you.
Justin K. O'Shea, D. Psych