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"It Is Done"

Published July 10, 2012 2:52 PM by Dean Metz

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!

7 comments

Congratulations.  You deserve a deep breath and a few minutes to yourself.

Toni July 12, 2012 7:44 PM

Paul: Doctorate? Don't think I have the time, patience, reserves (mental or financial) to go that route. I do appreciate your confidence in me though!

Sue: OMG! It has only been 20 years! I would love to catch up. I will be in touch.

Dean Metz July 12, 2012 12:44 PM

Hi Dean,

Congrats to you!  I have been following your blog and would love to get in touch after all these years. I am still at Mount Sinai but only part time.  Will actually be in London in Sept maybe we could make a plan to get together...email me!

Sue Dori (now Calise)

Susan C, PT July 12, 2012 11:59 AM
NYC NY

Dean, you deserve a break but I was thinking Doctorate??? Just a little challenge for someone on the go. Enjoy your success. Are you sure it isn't all that rain getting you a bit down?

BTW, I did go through a bit of DPT's when I finished by Bachelor's as I completed it at night as part of an accelerated program while working full time. I can only imagine what you went through although I've been priveleged to follow your journey through Facebook.

Cheers!

Paul

Paul Kelly July 11, 2012 2:26 PM
Weston FL

Awww thanks! Truly I am blessed with friends and readers who have been so supportive.

Dean Metz July 11, 2012 1:59 PM

Congratulations! Enjoy a few deep breaths. I look forward to following along on your next adventure!

Jane Goude July 11, 2012 1:28 PM

Dean--well done, you!! Congratulations on your degree; you have worked very hard, as we all have shared with you over the months. Kick back with a few pints and enjoy!!

Mary Lou July 11, 2012 5:59 AM

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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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