Defending the Result of a Process I Often Felt I Had No Control Over

Here’s what I’ll say at the start of my dissertation defense in a couple of days. It took me a long time to finish the manuscript, and so it was strangely cathartic to write about the process, where I began and where I ended up. At this point, I’m not sure I care if I did it right. I’m just glad I’ve arrived at the end—or rather, that I was able to ride it out until they told me I could stop.

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