My PhD is on hold.
Pause / Rafa Puerta
More officially, I am deregistering from the program in good standing. I am giving myself max one year to reevaluate, but my intention is to eventually reapply and finish my thesis. I don't need the degree right now, which is why I feel ok putting it on hold, but I do want it in hand eventually to open some doors in the future.
I have been on leave from the program since September 2015. It seems that I could get another semester of leave, but I don't think it will be enough. There's an exciting new education project at work. I unsurprisingly found my way to it, and even have the opportunity to lead it. It's on the ambitious side, so I want to make sure I can focus all my attention on its success. Worrying about my thesis seems like a distraction for now.
All I need to do is finish my project and write my thesis. ("All.") I've completed coursework, comprehensive exams, and even the thesis proposal. I do have a lot of development and experimentation work to do, but once that's done, I shouldn't have that tough of a time writing the dissertation. I like my project and want to see it through. It just doesn't have to be right now.