“Congratulations Dr. Lim…”

Beautiful illustration by @jhsu reminding me that I’m now “Dr. Kevin Lim”

What seemed like an eternity ended up being nine years in the University at Buffalo, with last six years being in the doctoral program. These last few years felt the longest, with each passing day no different from the last…

Writing, eating, sleeping,
Alone, ashamed, angry.

While my mind saw an imperfect masterpiece, my heart sought to find the path to closure.

Refusing to stay any longer, I was granted the miracle of a defense. Beyond the powers of me, the pieces of the puzzle which should have been in disarray, fell magically into place in due time.

Paperwork, people, persistence.

With a last burst of fire, I delivered the presentation from which my future hinged upon. Questions were asked, after which I was told to step out for a while. A private deliberation later, the committee invited me back into the room. With hands outstretched, they each shook my hand, congratulating me as Dr. Lim.

Dr. Lim… the ring of which sounds too unfamiliar to me.

My friends seem happier for me than I have been for myself. Perhaps I’ve just been numbed by these years of waiting, wondering, withering. It will take time for me to be happy with myself. For now I jest.

32 thoughts on ““Congratulations Dr. Lim…”

    1. I should be coming back in October, though I'm not sure if I'll be staying or returning to the States just yet. Depends on where I end up working πŸ™‚

    2. How about Information Systems? There's a school of information systems at SMU. I'm studying there right now!

      Somehow I thought you were doing a PHD in IS… Then I realised it was communications…

    3. Thanks again Daniel, I took a look at the school's emphasis and it looks oriented around computer science than social computing. There's no mention of studying online communities, etc. πŸ™‚

  1. Congratulations again. You made it! All your blood, sweat and tears and you did it πŸ™‚

    I'm really happy and proud of you πŸ™‚

  2. You have fought a long battle, often bruised and weary but you endured, and came out victorious. That, IS a real lesson in life. True grit !! Congrats :))

  3. Congrats my friend! What's your future plans? Coming back to Singapore any time soon? Remember to give me a ring if you do!

  4. Kevin, contrats! This is great news. You may not have been totally fit to the department atmosphere, but you were one of the guys I always thought very brilliant and qualified as a contemporary scholar, like I thought about Alex and about Derek~ Cheers for you!

  5. Wow.. Dr. Lim congrat.. not sure if you remember me (Peter from Claremont). I am back in Thailand teaching already.. congrat! What's next? Singapore?

    1. Thanks Peter, I remember you. Well, I'm heading back to Singapore for a while, but looking for a teaching or research job in either Singapore or the States. Thailand isn't too far from Singapore, we could meet up on vacation πŸ™‚

    2. Yes Kevin.. it's been such a long road hah? I graduated last year and start teaching at Thammasat University in BKK, pretty cool. Keep in touch maybe we can (finally) get to collaborate sometimes in the future πŸ™‚ Congrat again!

    3. Congrats on your teaching position at Thammasat University. Besides possibly visiting you in Bangkok, I'm interested to conduct Internet Use research across Asia, so it's great to know that you're in Thailand. πŸ™‚

    4. Yes Kev.. we'll do that.. if you'll be working in Singapore we'll be pretty close to each other… have fun Dr. Lim πŸ™‚ Have you get used to that yet? I still have funny feelings when people calling me Dr. hehe πŸ™‚

  6. congratulations dr lim πŸ™‚ It's been a long run, and you have had your ups and downs, no doubt, as these “pages” told. I am glad you did not give up and finally got what you deserve. Have fun back in Singapore, and I hope you get a job you enjoy πŸ˜€

    1. haha that is true! I barely blog nowadays, found a job/career that makes me so happy and content and busy with life outside of the computer, I really have nothing much to comment about it. hard to explain but yeaaahhh πŸ™‚

  7. Simply by the fact that it was hard earned, you should give yourself a pat on the back that you have made it.

    Give yourself the credit that you earned and be proud of your achievement.


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