It's definitely a different feeling, when the topic of the conversation between me and my adviser changes from deciding on a research topic, to figuring out whether I would be attending the graduation ceremony or not.
Oh, speaking of that, as I am conferring this September, I don't think I will be walking this May. It's just a ceremony, but if I happen to be around the area in May next year, I might catch it and walk. Right now, I am very busy with revising my dissertation and job hunting.
Yeah, that's the next buzz word for me at the moment. Job hunting. My mom always asks whether I already found a job every time she catches me online. I have been applying to multiple places for post-doc positions, and since I have no personal constraints or preferences, I honestly don't know where I am gonna be next year, even next semester. In the worst case scenario, I'll go back to Manila and be unemployed for the moment while still attempting to get post-doc positions in several places. The good thing is that there are ways to continue research and be prolific academically even though one might not have a lab for the moment.
Oh well, sometimes, thinking about this stresses me out, other times, it excites me. I guess that's just how transitional periods are. They are unpredictable.