This summer I worked on my comprehensive exam for the program. This required me doing the equivelant of 3 research papers over a two week timeframe. It was as fun as it sounds.
I am officially "intellectually mature!" That means nothing, but what this letter does mean is that I am now considered to be ABD. That means that I have finished most of the requirements of the program and now just have to complete my dissertation. That is no easy task, but the last 3 years haven't really been that easy either.
Getting this letter is an incredible weight off my shoulders. The other letter that could have come would have told me that I would need to redo the exam and do one to three of those papers again. I am so happy that I don't have to do that!
This isn't a goal down, but it is a step in that direction.