Post-quals at Stanford
I eventually got ready and reached the exam hall. Gave the presentation. I was quite conscious of what I spoke and that felt nice. I was asked to step outside while the committee discussed on the questions. I was called back in, and I answered all of their questions but one.
One of faculty smiled at me and remarked, Bhamla, you are between us and lunch, and that’s not a good thing.
As I stepped outside, I heaved a sigh of relief.
I looked around. The world still seemed the same. Nothing had changed much. It goes on, I guess.
I’ll know my results tomorrow at 5. I have a feeling I’ll pass. Hence the shout-out to the world. If I fail, this will serve me as reminder that I tried my best.
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
– Steve Prefontaine
UPDATE : I passed!
Some Ph.D. comics about Quals at Stanford..