Wednesday, April 19, 2006


It's official. Now I can say, "Kiss my ABD butt." It does not, however, mean I can get my book published or find a job any easier.

The exam process was so excruciatingly painful. There were so many things wrong with the way it went down that I'm going to hold off on posting anything till I cool off a little bit. Let's just say that I sucessfully played the game, but I'm unsure of what I ultimately gained at the end. Perhaps I'll comment more later, or perhaps I'll just move on and chalk it up to Academic politics.

Onward to my dissertation, where I'm sure I will meet serious opposition and be told not to write what I want to write because it doesn not fit a certain mold. Tough nuggies, as I tell Eliot. I'm moving on regardless.


Scott Glassman said...

congrats! i'm so dumb, i had this idea that you were being awarded your PHD after the oral exams . . . what in the world is ABD?

Penultimatina said...

Woohoo! Congrats, Mackenzie!

brandijay said...

You go girly! And stick to your guns, dissertation-wise... they'll just have to deal ;)

Justin Evans said...

Way to go! Terrific news!

poetzie said...

My friend Janice says it means "A Baby Doctor," but it really means "All But Dissertation," and pretty much means that you can go on the job market because you'll be done with your dissertation sometime in the next few years. Basically, it means you've paid your dues and are really close to the PhD.

Scott Glassman said...

thanks for clearing it up!