"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2
My first thought on this verse, especially with the stage I am at in this program, is to cast off things that distract me from the ultimate goal. Ultimately, this degree will be used for the glory of God regardless of where I end up when it is finished.
The second thing which comes to mind is enduring the trials and the milestones before me. Take these on one at a time and persevere to the end. The same holds true for our salvation - persevering through the challenges in life and keeping focused on the joy which awaits those who endure.
Blessings, Professor, and to those who have been keeping up with me through this process.