A Ph.D in Progress: By the Numbers

Today I start my written preliminary exams to start the process of moving from a Ph.D student to a Ph.D candidate. What has that process looked like so far?

5: The number of semesters I’ve been enrolled as a Ph.D student.

26,065: The number assigned pages of reading I’ve completed. I didn’t keep track of any extra reading done for writing papers, etc.

11,529: The number of those pages I’ve read in the past 17 weeks.

51: The average number of pages I’ve read every day, including the weekends, during the semester. You can see samples of those pages below.

800: A rough estimate of the number of pages that I have written for papers, book chapters, books, notes, and practice writing for my exams.

99: The number of books and articles on my exam readings lists.

12: The number of hours dedicated to the written exams, spread out over three days.

60: The typical number of pages written in those hours.

1.9: The number of babies I’ve had as Ph.D student (#2 is due in 3 weeks, yay!).

Here we go!

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