On a personal note, I accomplished something I wanted to do since I was twelve years old: earn a doctorate in something.
Did I want to be a scholar? Yes, but I don't think I completely grasped what that meant. Did I think I could teach everyone at that level? Oh yes. Did I think I would know everything by that point? Most certainly. And did my young Republican self want to earn a doctorate because I would make way more money than the average high school graduate? You betcha.1
Anyway, I finally earned my degree last year in August, and now I have the ceremony to go with it.
Now back to grading.
1. Yes, times have changed.