The PhD contains a bunch of milestones, and today I hit another one of the small ones. Labor day weekend I sent drafts of chapters 1 through 3 to my chair. That is basically the dissertation proposal; introduction (why should you care), literature review (*snore*), methodology (masochism). I was expecting comments back before this week so I could work on it over the weekend. Instead I got an email saying that, while he has some comments regarding grammar and style, it looks great and we should schedule my proposal defense. I had allowed the entire semester to get to that point! Once the oral proposal defense is done I will officially be a PhD candidate rather than a PhD student, and should be less than 6 months from graduation. WHEE!!!!
Now I have to deal with all the rules, regulations and paperwork for the graduate college. That is sometimes scarier than the dissertation itself!