Today marks the end of my first week as a full-time engineer at RoCo Inc.…. Tadaaaa!
It has been almost exactly a year since I left. And now, a year and a PhD degree later, I am back. And what a year it has been. The defining event was, of course, completing my PhD and officially becoming a Dr. Jasmine Lopez! Yaaas! I did it! But, now that it is behind me – it was a bit of an anticlimax. You do all this work, thinking, anticipating, dreading, planning … and focus all your energy on this one thing – in my case it was completing the thesis – and when it actually happens, it is a bit of a letdown. It may be just the case of what Prof Dracula calls “post PhD blues.” Apparently, it is quite normal to feel a bit depressed after graduation – something to do with the absence of the adrenaline that you got used to pumping in order to get there. Sort of like new moms and postpartum blues.