Passed oral exams and bought hardware!


Robin helped me bake a pineapple upside-down cake for the exams.

We had to figure out how to call a committee member in Alaska on the spur of the moment.

When I reread my answers two days ago I thought that my writing improved considerably over the summer (the Spencer app was written much better than answer 1, eg.), so I was a little worried about that.

During the exams, I had a couple of questions that I ended up trying to think/talk through in the moment and that didn’t turn out so well, but I was able to recognize that and cut my answers short.  😛

The process was much more rich conversation like than what most people think about when they think “exams” I’d imagine.  In other words, it really was the exact same thing that happened for my undergraduate thesis orals.  I guess I have to thank Reed for preparing me for that.

I don’t think there was much doubt about whether I would pass, but I still worry about being caught red-handed trying to pass as an academic.  Is that normal?

To celebrate, I bought an internal SATA hard drive, the brand new AMD 3870 video card (the NVidia 8800GT was unavailable and overpriced), and the fastest processor that’ll work on my dated motherboard.

Next week, I might be reinstalling WoW…  heh.  And I’ll definitely be checking out Gears of War (too slow on my current set-up) and Crysis.

2 thoughts on “Passed oral exams and bought hardware!”

  1. Dude! Congrat-u-stinking-lations! That is soooooo cool. I am very happy/proud of/for you. You inspire the rest of us who are looking at exams (spring) to actually continue on this trail of …ummm …something more appropriate and less callous than tears.

    Seriously, congrats!

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