Nonfiction

I Submitted my PhD Thesis!

A Life Milestone Update

Dr. Casey Lawrence
The Community Building Movement
5 min readFeb 1, 2023

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This will (hopefully) be me, sometime in the future. Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash

Being a “student” has been part of my core identity for most of my life.

For the last four-and-a-half years, my social media bios have all proclaimed me to be a proud postgraduate student at Trinity College Dublin. Before that, it said Brock University Student for five years. Soon, I’ll have to update them all again, because I’ve submitted my thesis — and won’t be a student much longer!

There’s still the matter of defending my thesis in what’s called a Viva, or an oral exam where I am asked questions about my dissertation and my area of expertise by a panel of specialists. But the writing portion of this degree is now concluded!

(Well, unless I get asked to make major revisions by my examiners. Even then, that’s mostly editing, rather than writing or rewriting.)

How it felt to write my thesis, sometimes. Photo by Stephen Andrews on Unsplash

Turning it in was anti-climactic. I had to drag and drop a PDF of my thesis, 411 pages long, into a SharePoint folder. I then emailed eThesis to confirm they had gotten it. That was it.

Before the days of online submission, doctoral students would have to get hard…

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
The Community Building Movement

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.