"It Is Done"
That was my Facebook post on Friday evening after I turned in my field project reports and completed the comprehensive competency exam to finish my master's in public health degree. I then had a martini and fell asleep on the sofa. I was bloody exhausted. I had devoted about 45 hours to the exam that week and gave my PowerPoint presentation (pre-sent) oral report over the telephone to my advisors in Florida as well. I don't even want to think about the phone bill after that one-and-a-half-hour call!
Saturday I cleaned up my desk, filed things away and thought, "Now what?" Indeed, what now? I've driven my partner nuts with my fidgeting and restlessness this weekend. I don't know what to do with myself. For the three years I've been living here, I've never had a moment without my degree somewhere in the back of my mind. It is a strange feeling, especially since I felt somewhat depressed. This is where being married to a professor of psychology helps. Apparently it is perfectly normal to feel somewhat lost after completing a degree. Have any of you transitional DPTs felt that afterward? How about once you've contemplated your loan repayments?
Ah well, a week of simply going to work for five days is ahead. How very strange! I've started scoping out new opportunities and trying to figure out what my next move should be.
Then again, I could just take a moment and breathe... nah!