So, the moment has arrived! I am officially a Candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. I advanced to Candidacy this morning after passing my prospectus (dissertation proposal) defense. I think the defense went really well and I received tons of helpful feedback.
This means that I am now ABD (All But Dissertation), which is actually a term used regularly to describe a graduate student who has completed all of their requirements but is still writing their dissertation. In fact job postings will often say things like "PhD preferred, ABD considered." That's right people - I am considered! Oh yeah.