Earlier this week, I had my general examination! It's not an exam in the traditional sense of the word; in my department, it's basically just a research proposal defense that Ph.D. students have to complete. I had to write a paper detailing the work I've done so far towards my degree and how I plan to complete the work. Then, I had to basically present all of that information to my committee, and they asked me questions about what I knew and determined whether or not I could continue in the direction I was going. It was a pretty stressful couple of hours, and I was so glad when it was over! Thankfully, I passed—and that was the first big hurdle I had to jump over to finish my degree (the next step is to actually finish the work and then defend my dissertation, but that'll be in a couple of years—phew!).
When it comes to big "grad school events" like this and my Master's defense from last year, I like dressing super girly. I don't know why. I guess I just like showing that you can be really girly and be a scientist at the same time; they're not mutually exclusive. So, I had fun with my outfit: a cashmere sweater, a tulle skirt, statement earrings, and somewhat wavy hair. I'm not one to wear your typical suit, so why start now? :)
P.S. It was actually really cold on this day, so I commuted to/from school in navy leggings and Ugg boots because #fashion (and also #winteriscoming). My legs froze a bit when we were out taking these photos!