Why yes, yes there is. While Andrew will not allow anyone to refer to him as doctor until he has deposited his dissertation sometime in the next couple weeks, I personally am celebrating his accomplishments. I was so glad I had the privilege to sit in on Andrew’s defense and be the supporter in the back of the room. I’ll give you a short play by play of the day so you all can feel like you got to be there. Also for the record I wanted to let you know that I didn’t have ANY IDEA about what his talk was on, but it sounded pretty intelligent to me.
1:15 I arrived at home to an anxious ridden Andrew (understandably so). We got our last minute things in order and headed out the door.
1:45 We arrived at the Krannert parking lot and hunted for a parking spot, it looked like we were going to have a hard time finding a spot, but Andrew stayed really calm and eventually we located a space.
2:00 We arrived at the office to get the projector supplies and headed to the conference room.
2:05 We encountered our first real glitch of the day…. none of the chords worked with our computer. I began praying that we would find a chord quickly and that this wouldn’t wreck Andrew’s confidence.
2:15 Andrew arrives with a new chord, it works! And then we begin to wait. The clock moved SO SLOWLY until 2:50 when people began to arrive.
3:00 The time Andrew’s talk was scheduled to begin. 2 of his 4 committee members were there and so we sat in silence and waited, yes it was awkward.
3:05 All committee members were present, Andrew’s boss gave a short introduction including letting the room know that he met and married a local girl and is now FORBIDDEN to move back to the east coast…thanks for that.
Then Andrew rocked out the defense. He presented with confidence and answered the questions to the best of his abilities. The most amazing thing to me was after the questions they never said if he answered it or not, they just sat in silence so Andrew would just move on as if he didn’t feel totally awkward. As his wife, this was the hardest part to watch.
3:45 Andrew finished up his talk and then they kicked us out. No one really truly knows what will happen in the private portion.
4:15 I received this text: “We’re all good :)”
And that was that, this is the account of Andrew getting his PhD. I can’t believe it’s finally over…for the most part. Andrew will tell you constantly that he’s not done until he deposits, but I’ll take what I can get, I have my husband back. And yes, you can call me Dr. Mrs. Andrew Campbell….haha just kidding.