Below are some of the responses I have got from Twitter on the question: What makes you proud of your PhD?
Many thanks to all the contributions thus far! Please keep sharing under the hashtag #PhDproud and I will keep updating this page!
@FionaEWhelan That my blood, sweat and (literal) tears went into it for 3 yrs 4mths... completed thesis =orig wk, & had 2 struggle 4 funds..— Melissa Julian-Jones (@MedievalMJJ) July 27, 2015
@susannahlwright @FionaEWhelan It's not as structured as a BA or MA. You're on your own, even w/ excellent supervision. It's isolating but /— Melissa Julian-Jones (@MedievalMJJ) July 27, 2015
@susannahlwright @FionaEWhelan / even so, you learn to wk collaboratively, independently & to deadlines. You organise & time manage you.— Melissa Julian-Jones (@MedievalMJJ) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan @ClerkofOxford proud that I learned new ways of thinking + expanded concrete skills (languages + research)— Joe Turner (@joeaturner) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan @RajputRubee : The #phd makes one proud bc of its recognition as highest level of intellectual exercise. #phdchat #phdlife— Dr. Daryl C. Howard (@darylhowardphd) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan I did not shrink from learning whichever skills or materials I needed to prove my argument. That makes me proud!— Emily Steiner (@PiersatPenn) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan @ClerkofOxford Having had the strength the see it through, even when I'd had a guts full by the end of it.— Geoff Dunbar (@GSDunbar) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan Working with great faculty & colleagues at a great place-- but also due to an interdisciplinary (Medieval Studies) supplement.— Randy Schiff (@Randy_Schiff) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan that the stories I am sharing & conclusions of my work are worth sharing & have something to contribute to theory & practice.— debsnet (@debsnet) July 27, 2015
@FionaEWhelan #phdproud developing the skill of analysing and interpreting medieval manuscripts, developing my time management skills by— Sarah Laseke (@aclerktherwas) July 28, 2015
@FionaEWhelan #phdproud working alongside my PhD. Growing as a person during the process of working on the PhD— Sarah Laseke (@aclerktherwas) July 28, 2015
And lest we forget the potential for humour and fun in a PhD:
@FionaEWhelan @Sharrow_ie The thrill of discovery is nice, but mostly the joy of being legitimately able to say I do science to human poo.— Ciarán O'Brien (@Sarklor) July 27, 2015
But ultimately, it comes down to this:
That I get to research EXACTLY the thing that I've been obsessing over my entire life & meet other folks! #phdproud https://t.co/EGKY9wv8zC— Aileen Ruane (@Francophoney82) July 27, 2015
Other points were mentioned to me, such as how the PhD eroded the impostor syndrome and provided a greater sense of belonging to the academic community. In addition, there is immense pride from those who managed to juggle (sometimes multiple) jobs with the PhD which deserves immense pride. I imagine it would be the same feeling for those juggling a PhD with family commitments.
All I can add is WELL DONE! We all deserve an immense pat on the back, and I'm sure that through sharing our points of pride, current and future PhDs will derive comfort from them!