Finally, I will have to sit in the comprehensive exams in Spring 2008. I already submitted the request to sit in the coms yesterday. For a Ph.D student, especially in the U.S, coms are certainly the reservoirs of pressures. If you failed in coms, you could not start writing your dissertation. Luckily, you will be given a second chance. Failed again and you would surely be kicked out of the program. No mercy.
It is like a huge wall standing on your way. So huge it is that you are not sure whether you will even be able to see what it looks like at the other side of the wall. I may overstate it but that’s how I see it now. A good friend of mine told me that more or less it’s like a battle of mind. He reminded me the logic behind the Fear Factor show: it’s about defeating our internal fear, and in fact it should not be that bad. I do hope he’s right on this one…:-)
Well, no other option for me except marching off to the exams!