Thursday, May 2, 2013

singing my ABD's...

Photo Credit: Easton
This week marks a significant milestone in my academic career. I am now considered "ABD"! In the strange world of academia, with its insider vocabulary, that means I have fulfilled all the required coursework for my doctorate. All that remains is to finish comprehensive reading and write the rest of my dissertation, hence the acronym, "All But Dissertation."

Most significantly, I'm done taking classes for credit.


What this doesn't mean is that I'm no longer a student. I will always be a student, even when I'm standing on the other side of the podium. If I've learned anything at Wheaton, it's that I have so much more to learn. Don't we all? Singing the alphabet is only the first of many stages in a lifetime of discovery.

But it's still cause for celebration. So for now I'm singin' my ABD's . . . next time won't you sing with me?
Our Celebration Dinner—A Family Affair!
Emma proudly displays Mom's progress chart.
Everybody has worked hard for this!


  1. Yes! I will sing with you, because I feel like it's me, too! Hooray!

  2. Woohoo, so proud of you Carmen! Now that the semester is almost over, we want to have your family over for a celebration dinner also. Will be in touch with dates!