I took my qualifying exams today, about three years later than the usual recommended time.
I've been rather embarrassed about the matter for a while, actually; usually the quals are
done at the start of one's research program, not after (as one of my committee members
you have the material for four to six theses; certainly not after one has
already begun informally interviewing. Nevertheless, untimely as it may have been, it's done and
it went fine. I actually enjoyed myself enormously, as I had the chance to give mini-lectures on
a variety of my favorite topics.
I will now be returning to my regularly scheduled pondering.