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So, I got my PhD... during a pandemic.

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Hi all,

today's post is a bit different. As many of you know, I have been working on my PhD for about five and a half years. Well, I should say that I worked on it for about five and a half years – since I have finally made it. I am officially a doctor now!

(Not the medical kind. Just the kind that does research. So don't start sending pictures of your warts to me.)

I defended my thesis publicly in early April. However, because of the COVID-19 situation, it was a different type of public defence than I had expected... as I did it from my own living room. The wonders of modern technology!

For context, defending your doctoral thesis is a big deal in Finland. It's usually a very formal, kind of old-fashioned ceremony, where specific people do and say specific things, there's a strict dress code, and there's an audience present. Usually, there's some kind of after-party in the evening, too. It can be a big party (like, comparable to a wedding reception, I guess), o…