May 4th, 2005


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I'm finally finished with my interviews. I was supposed to be done yesterday, but I got called back to do a couple of follow-up phone interviews today. So hopefully I won't be having to give people a five-minute summary of my thesis yet again (well, except for the five-minute talk I'm giving at the Oakland conference next Monday). Now I get to sit back, relax, and wait for people to make their decisions.

Of course, in this case, no news is bad news. There's very little incentive for people who decide not to make me an offer to inform me of this fact early, since not doing so leaves them the option of changing their mind. For the past few weeks I've been receiving letters from places that decided not to interview me stating the obvious — that they can't offer me a job. Best I can tell, they usually send these out at the end of their recruitment process, after they've finished interviewing everyone and probably after they've made the final hiring arrangements.

But despite the remaining uncertainty, I'm feeling more relaxed knowing that things are out of my hands now. I was able to make great progress of my thesis, finishing a draft of two chapters today (granted, one was mostly written and I just had to finish some graphs, and the other was largely cut and pasted from a paper I wrote.) I picked up tickets for my commencement today and realized that in less than 3 weeks, I will (hopefully) no longer be a graduate student. I have a hard time imagining what that's like, but I'm sure it's one of these things that will quickly become more real once I get there.