PhD Defense: The Party

A couple of hours after my PhD Defense, I was famous.

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My PhD dissertation could now be found on academic bookshelves everywhere (Swedish university libraries are found).

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Going to my PhD party felt like I had made it through a marriage ceremony, and now got to finally enjoy myself; except for the fact that I’m too exhausted to fully enjoy myself.

Booze are needed. Lots and lots of booze.

It doesn’t hurt to add in loads of friends, colleagues, supervisors, and family to cheer you on.

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Speeches start with the big hitters–the supervisors….and my partner.

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Anna toasting me with a silver spoon (with an “A” engraved on it)
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Raziye sharing wisdom and giving me books of knowledge.
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Sarah sharing our research story
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Sarah giving me Buckeyes; which works on so many levels!
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Lisa emotionally sharing our story as I traversed through my PhD.

Food is ever important for lifting your spirits.

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And if that doesn’t work, then you should start singing.

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A song created by the Wellander Family!

Flowers (and gifts) aren’t bad either; they always brighten your day!

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To really wake everyone up, my colleagues put on quite a show, highlighting my journey of learning and blending in with Swedish culture and Swedish research.

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Once their speech was complete, I received their gifts.

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Some fancy bicycle cuff-links.

 

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And a seemingly ordinary blue coffee mug…that meant substantially more to me than any other present. 

Which was promptly followed up by the comical conspirators The Wellanders! Led by Linus and Fredrik, they proceeded to barrage and embarrass me with typical high school hijinks that I of course didn’t get to participate in when I was 18, and therefore, I get to now relive those moments, in order to feel truly like a graduating Swede….complete with embarrassing baby photos.

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Fredrik and Louise preparing my embarrassment.
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The comical stylings of Linus & Fredrik!
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Having the whole Wellander Family celebrate me!

I know some truly gifted, loving, and inspiration people!

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Me enjoying the evening (complete with a Swedish/American pin).

Thank you for a wonderful journey!

Now time to sleep.

 

 

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