For my quals, that is. Drumroll please. And the date of my doom is January 24, 2007. What a way to ring in the new year. Now if only I can get myself to start studying…and completing the appropriate paperwork…and writing my thesis proposal. Oh why, oh why have I become such a slacker? It took me two weeks just to work up the guts to email the committee members asking to meet with them to discuss my question areas. And when did I start this whole setting the date business anyway to have finished only today? August? And I still have to set a location. Why don’t they make this process easier for those of us who are terrified at the prospect of being grilled by five professors about whatever fits their fancy at that particular time? I know that if someone had just set a date for me, say a year ago, I would be all done by now. But leave it in my hands and I’m taking my quals later than anyone in the history of my program (probably). And the later I take it, the harder it is for me to break out of my slacker ways, apparently. Oh, if only I’d gotten it over with back when I was still in crazy med student mode.

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