Have to complete some minor revisions and email the manuscript to my director (by 3/1 at the very latest). Once she approves it, which will be quick, I send bound copies to my committee members and department (by 3/9) and email an info page with my abstract and table of contents to the department receptionist (asap, after getting director’s approval). Then, I write up a brief presentation of my research to present at my defense, and show up to defend.
I also have to announce the date to friends and people who have been involved and would like to attend (once my director gives the final approval), buy plane tickets, make airbnb room reservation, and get some champagne to sneak into the special collections room in the library where I’m holding my defense. 21 months ago