It’s Dr. Thompson now.
After years of research and writing, this past Friday (16 September 2016) I defended my dissertation. My defense amounted to a great discussion between myself and my five committee members. The entire experience amounted to an engaging conversation about my dissertation. Indeed, with my hard work being so well received, a part of me wished the defense would go on forever. Which, of course, was a much different feeling than when I took my comprehensive exams. Moreover, passing with no revisions both astonished me and lifted an enormous weight of stress off my shoulders. Now onto job applications.