I handed in my PhD!

So, I’ve finally finished my thesis! Here is a photo of me brandishing my completed thesis, a commemorative ‘PhinisheD’ mug, and sporting one of my favourite Jolie Vintage dresses for the occasion.

I’m still nervous, crazed, and exhausted from the whole experience, but whilst I attempt to normalise (and wait for the examiners’ report) I will be back to writing blog posts here. I’m so happy to have finished writing my PhD. It’s been one of the most enjoyable and difficult periods of my life, but I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to do it.

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26 Responses to I handed in my PhD!

  1. Olivia says:

    CONGRATS!!! You deserve a big haul now! xoxo

  2. Erin says:

    From one PhD (in Art History) to another—congrats! Enjoy the bliss of being finished, at least for a few months! So glad you are back…

  3. Katherine says:

    Congrats!! I finished my master’s a few years ago, and that was crazy tough, and I watched my husband finish his PhD this spring and that seemed like it was even worse. You have so much to be proud of!

  4. Nat says:

    Congrats Sarah! You must be so proud… and relieved! Enjoy your free time x

  5. WOW Congratulations! That is amazing, well done!

  6. Kimberley says:

    That picture of you is so lovely! What a great moment for you! You have worked so hard, you deserve a break! I can’t wait to see more from your blog!

  7. Dempeaux says:

    @Olivia Haha! Thankyou! I like to think so 😉

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Erin Wow, that’s amazing!! I’m so happy that you survived too! 😉 I’m still trying to ‘normalise’, but I am getting more sleep, which is good 🙂

  9. Dempeaux says:

    @Katherine Wow, what a power couple you are! You have both accomplished a great deal. I imagine it’s very hard to watch someone you love go through something like this. Sounds like you both need a post-graduate party 😉

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Nat Thankyou 🙂 It’s so good to have handed it in, but I still feel very on edge. I’m sure things will improve before too long though 🙂

  11. Dempeaux says:

    @Tegan Thankyou so much!! 🙂

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Kimberly Thankyou!! I’m looking forward to taking it easy, even if it’s just for a little while 🙂

  13. Peta says:

    Congratulations again! Wow. 🙂 I’ve had two aunts complete their PHDs in the last few years, so although I can’t relate to what you went through first hand I’ve certainly seen just how stressful it can be! I hope you’re going to enjoy a well earned break now!

    I’m considering my masters, which is scary. I think I’ve been out of uni long enough that I’ve forgotten just how hard it all is. 😉

  14. Anita says:

    Congratulations!!! You should treat yourself to a holiday now 🙂

  15. Dempeaux says:

    @Peta Wow, that’s incredible! You would know very well what’s involved in a PhD then 🙂 Good luck with masters!! I actually think it’s better to go into postgrad study when you have forgotten all about the uni routine. Makes the whole thing easier to deal with, haha!

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Anita Thankyou! And yes, a holiday would be pretty good right about now 🙂

  17. Megan says:

    Congratulations! I commend you for putting in so much hard work I don’t think I’d ever be able to take on something so mentally challenging but it must feel like a huge weight lifted to be able to hand it in!

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @Megan Thankyou! I’m still on edge to be honest, but bit by bit I’m getting back to normal 🙂

  19. Sabine says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Sarah!! This is a million-dollar smile if I ever saw one – what an amazing and tremendous achievement… I hope you are settling into a slower, less demanding routine – you should have that nap with Lamington under a tree! xxx

  20. Sam says:

    Wahoo! Well done. What an incredible achievement…and selfishly I’m glad you’ll be doing a bit of blogging again in the future! 😉

  21. rose says:

    welcome back!!! wow… congrats on the amazing achievement…

  22. I’m a bit late with this – but couldn’t miss saying congratulations! I am thrilled on your behalf that you’re finished and seriously well done on getting here 😀

  23. Dain says:


  24. Omg! Go you! Congratulations!

  25. Dempeaux says:

    @Sam Thankyou! I’m so pleased to have handed it in! I’ve still been so busy, but I’m hoping to still post every now and then 🙂

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