6: percent of the US population with a Masters Degree.
0.00000000322: percent of the US population that is me.
19: Years I have spent in formal school.
19: Years I have spent in public schools (woo!).
6: Years I have spent in higher education.
12: Number of times I have moved residences in 6 years of higher ed. This number makes me terribly excited to plant some honest roots in the near future. Transient living is for the birds.
2: Years spent in graduate school.
54: Credits completed in graduate school.
4,652: Number of complete and total meltdowns in graduate school– complete with wailing, uncontrollable tears, hyperventilation, assuming the fetal position, throwing of papers and/or flash drives, red-wine self-medication, and desperate phone calls to my mother.
9: Number of months spent securing IRB approvals, analyzing data, writing, graphing, editing, re-writing, re-graphing, emailing, revising, and presenting my Masters project.
43: Pages in my final project.
38: Slides in my defense presentation.
45: Minutes in my defense presentation.
5: Minutes spent by my committee ‘deliberating.’
0: Number of revisions to make to my project before final submission to the School of Public Health.
17: Number of people I mass-texted this message to on Tuesday, October 19, 2010: PASSED.
0: Experiences like finally earning your Masters of Public Health.
I definitely put the MPH in triumph this time.