Joined: Jan. 2006
Hi F2 Rilke,
First: Congratulations. I know exactly how hard it is, I still twitch when I remember my own!
Biochem PhD? Cell transport and possibly signalling? I'm not a biochemist (I'm a synthetic organic chemist) but the title of your thesis reminds me of my wife's PhD a little, which was on cell signalling and transport related to glucose transporters (specifically GLUT4).
Second: You don't feel like partying after your viva voce (a defense over here in the UK), you feel like sleeping. A few days after mine it had finally sunk it that it was over. The thesis written, the DR in front of the name, maybe a few corrections to do if you were unlucky, but essentially that's it.
I didn't want to party until about two weeks later when I had nothing (well nothing OFFICIAL! to do at the weekends and nights and I could just kick back like I did before Phd. The like Ichthyic mentioned, the weight being removed from your shoulders takes a while to sink in (to mix my metaphors horribly). I found it was a MASSIVE let down.
I had expected this big relief, an urge to take vast quantities of drugs, drink far too much alcohol and have sex with anything that moves or doesn't, you know basically the things you deny yourself whilst you have to be in lab at 3am on a Sunday. But strangely, those desires were there like normal! No excessive hedonism ensued at all. So when I got out of gaol....
But seriously, it's such a disappointing change in your life, you expect it to be so big and it just isn't.
Still, I recommend that you force yourself to go to wild all night parties and behave abominably. You'll get the hang of it after a while.
Trust me, I'm a doctor! ;-)