And it's doneSo I have not only completed my qualifying exams, but I passed them!
The short email informing me of this news ended with this:
You should probably get in touch with the various professors in due course to hear more detailed comments, but there's no hurry on that.
I find this to be a horrific idea for two very important reasons:
(1) I don't ever want to revisit the horrific experience of these exams again. It would be like running over a squirrel, feeling terrible about it, and then running over it again for good measure.
(2) What good would talking with professors do with regards to the exam? With 2 hours to answer an essay question, I know my answers are bad. I don't need someone to tell me that.
I can now celebrate by going to a coffeeshop and doing work. Yes, I think it's time for my nose to return to the grind.