As of yesterday afternoon, about 16:15, I can put these two letters in front of my name! Almost six years of work… finally finished now.

After the defence

I had promised I would write some more about my PhD defence, so here it comes.

You may wonder why it took me so long, because, for sure, I’ve got a lot of free time, now that all this is over…?

Well, no, not really! Normal life continues, business as usual.

Anyway, about the day of my defence.
I must say I was pretty nervous that morning. But then again, everybody says you should be!

After getting dressed, it was time for my layman’s talk. No problems so far. But then, at 3 o’clock, the committee came in and it was time for the real thing. No way back, one very long hour of blood, sweat and tears ahead of me!

Well, ok, it wasn’t that bad. But the beginning was quite difficult, and did cost me a few drops of sweat! But after that, it just went better and better. Until, at 4 o’clock, madam beadle came in and spoke these two little words: “hora est!”. What a relief!

After that, of course, the rest of the day was just one big party. I did get the Big Red Round Thingy(tm), as you can see in the first picture, which, apparently, contained a piece of paper from the TU Delft, stating that I am now a doctor! Cool!

Directly after the defence, there was a reception and at around 6 we went for dinner with our family and some of the members of the committee, who turned out to be much nicer than they had seemed during the defence… 🙂
In the evening, there was a party in the same place we had had dinner. We had already been flabbergasted by the amount of people that had showed up during the day, but even more friends came by in the evening!

All in all, it was a wonderful day (especially the second half! :-)), and it was great that so many people showed up. Thank you all!

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 Personal

1 Comment to dr.

  1. Benjamin,
    congrats on PhD.
    I am putting together a presentation…have been woking on it for over a year, and looking to get more info/clarification on lastest work by Carl…..have read a lot of his stuff on internet.
    Do you have contact with Carl…would like to talk/perehaps visit him….believe my presentation will help overall consciousness open up…thanks robert a. 214.727.9309

  2. Robert A. Parma on July 17th, 2007

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