I am not yet Dr. Lem Usita. I’m working on it. In fact, I worked on it all day. I’ve worked on it for years.
I have never been motivated by one day being called Dr. In fact, when I get it, I will not make anyone call me that. I’m probably not even going to change any of my profiles to reflect that I’ve finished. It’ll purely be a professional thing applied only to professional publications and my airline ticket.
I have already benefited from my doctoral studies, but I cannot wait to be done. Not so much because then you can call me Dr., but because I will no longer have “student” as my identity.