I turned in all of my paperwork and the final copy of my dissertation to the Graduate School here at Missouri, so I am finished. It’s a rainy and uncharacteristically cooler day here in Columbia, so I didn’t get feel the warm sunbeams of approval washing over me as this newly minted Ph.D. exited Jesse Hall. But that’s OK; I was never in this for the title or adulation.
I’ll blog about the dissertation some other time, but not today. This post is more retrospective of the journey I’ve just completed and full of gratitude for how I got here. Indulge me or skip it, it’s up to you.
I left Los Angeles to come to Missouri back in the summer of 2004. It was not a well-received decision among some of my newspaper colleagues. I left behind a pretty good paying job at the Daily News that, for all its headaches, I enjoyed doing. I also left behind some outstanding colleagues for a five-year commitment of no pay and student living. My new life in Missouri was not the high life compared to my previous life in Los Angeles, that’s for sure.