Soooooo, I’m spending the weekend preparing to take my Certification Exam – one small step for mankind, one giant step towards becoming a certified doctoral candidate in my program. The exam consists of one question which we have three hours to answer. We’re allowed to use notes, whatever – anything except our own computer (or Flash drives). The main point is to show that you can demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in your field, and skillfully integrate the various aspects.
Although not a big deal compared to, say, an English Lit student’s quals – I hear those poor suckers end up being quizzed on a 100 book reading list – I’m still nervous about the whole thing. I guess not so much nervous about my ability to complete it successfully (although I get two more tries if I don’t), but moreso that it’s a big milestone in my doc career, and I don’t want to screw it up – or worse, be found out as a fraud, a failure, a "why did we admit you to this program in the first place?" case. Ah, the demons of insecurity, they are fiendish little beasts.
Anyway, I’m taking it on Friday, rain or shine, ready or not. Wish me luck.