Saturday, October 13, 2007

I submitted my dissertation and all I got is this lousy keyring



Well okay, and an awesome party and a card signed by everyone in the department that said such sweet things that it made me cry, and a potted native iris that is supposedly unkillable even by my standards (drought AND snow resistant). And lots of offers of work for the next couple of years.

But back to the keyring. It turns out that at the official appointment at the research office, what happens is that you hand over the document that represents the past three years of your life, and they hand over... [insert suspenseful music here]... a university keyring. Fair exchange, no?

I wonder if I have to give it back if I fail?


(PS: Anyone with eyesight good enough to read my name in the first photo should come be my friend on Facebook).

22 Comments:

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Hey, my university didn't give us jack! So, yeah, a keyring is way cool.

And congrats on submitting!!!!!!!

(I am going to friend you on Facebook now....)

Queen of West Procrastination said...

I absolutely love that they handed you a keyring. It's like the grad school equivalent of the "gold watch upon retirement."

JustMe said...

ooh, congrats on the beautifully bound diss! and the key ring. if its real gold, you could always have it melted down. you know into a ring with a book on top rep. your diss. or a charm replica of your diss to add to your favorite jewelry. the possibilities are endless!

StyleyGeek said...

I think it's real steel, justme :)

grace said...

Hmm. It is a very *nice* keyring! But not a terribly personal or imaginitive gift!

Would be cool if you got a gift relevant to your area of study, unique to your department.

StyleyGeek said...

I don't think administrators *do* personal or imaginative, Grace :)

from away said...

Keyring? I guess it's a nice gesture, better than nothing. :)

Congrats!

(maybe this counts as delurking? hi.)

Phdladybug said...

Congratulations!
Celebrate the moment!

All I had was a receipt and a comment from the lady working at the thesis office that they were understaffed and it will be a LONG wait before the defense.... I would take the keyring instead! :-)

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Without any keys?

Ancarett said...

Way to go on completing the diss! I'm envious of the key ring since I didn't get anything cool from my grad school (except for piles of debt).

EthidiumBromide said...

Congratulations! (On handing in the dissertation, not on obtaining a keyring) How excited. I am totally jealous. :)
I just friended you on facebook, per your request.

ZaPaper said...

Hurray! Congratulations! I am SOOO envious. I also am good at reading blurry photos, so one of your (legion?) new friend requests is mine. :D

Miss M. said...

Well done! Even if having handed it all in now doesn't mean your workload has lessened, I guess it's nice that the Uni recognises its psychological significance enough to give you something for it (other than a PhD...)

(Also good with blurry photos btw)

Weekend_Viking said...

They didn't give me a keyring.

I sulk now.

physics*chick said...

Congrats!

At my university they give you a pen... but only when you submit your FINAL copies. We get didly-squat when we submit!

Mikael said...

Congratulations on the diss!

And I sent a friend request your way, as requested. :)

RageyOne said...

woo-hoo for submitting the diss and the awesome party.

nor sure what to say about the keyring.

i would friend you on facebook, but my peepers arent' that good to see your name. i'll send you an e-mail.

trillwing said...

Congrats!

At least you got a keyring...

ljb said...

Congratulations :)

I would friend you on Facebook, but don't want to enter that world - I'm addicted to too many things internet-related already.

paideia said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!! That's fabulous all around.

At my Ivy League university, not only did you not get a key ring, you got all kinds of hassles from the dissertation office and, in my case, a letter a couple of weeks later certifying that I had completed my degree ..... referring to me with the wrong gender.

Did I mention my advisor disappeared right after my defense? (As in, less than five minutes after). Hopefully graduation next spring will be better.

CONGRATS!!!!!!! (belatedly)

George Darroch said...

Wow, I'm totally going to do my PhD here just to get that keyring!

And huge congrats on submission (or is it submitting)?

Catherine Fletcher said...

What happened after you submitted your dissertation paper? Well, I think the key ring is the first installation of their gifts for all grad students. Maybe after you pass and defended your dissertation paper, you can get a key to your own room, or a car, a car would be great! Haha! Anyway, The Uni sure is great to hand out one of those key rings for student.