Dissertation home stretch

April 29, 2016

It’s been a little over a week since I discovered, much to my horror, that I had only two weeks to finish my dissertation, rather than the six weeks I was already stressing about. Here I am, with five full days remaining before I have to defend more than three years of work.

I’m terrified, but also really encouraged by how it’s all coming together.

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Proposal APPROVED!

March 16, 2016

Exciting news: my dissertation research proposal has been approved! This means that I can finally begin my data collection to finish my study.

That’s the good news. The bad news is, now I have to get to work, and in one hell of a hurry.

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Dissertation timeline

November 15, 2015

When I first finished my Ph.D. comprehensive exams and officially became a Ph.D. candidate, I knew that my experience was going to be very different going forward. No more weekly assignments, no more exams, just me doing the reading and writing necessary in order to finish my dissertation.

The time has come to be more prescriptive: I need to have a clear timeline in mind or I’m never going to be motivated to finish. So here goes.

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Ph.D. Candidate

February 8, 2015

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve finished all of the requirements to officially become a Ph.D. candidate. Now, I’m looking ahead to the next year or two of my life, contemplating the next and final steps to finishing my doctorate.

I can’t tell if I’m more excited or terrified.

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Ph.D. exams DONE!

February 2, 2015

It’s official — after almost two years of classes and ten harrowing days of exams, I have “showed sufficient mastery” of the Ph.D. coursework and am officially a Ph.D. Candidate.

Believe it or not, that’s a big deal.

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Ph.D. next steps

December 21, 2014

I’ve fielded a few questions from family and friends lately about my Ph.D. program, which made me realize that I haven’t communicated very well about next steps now that classes are over.

Here’s what’s up:
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Digging in

February 18, 2014

I posted a year ago, shortly after starting my Ph.D. program, about how I had finally given in an allowed myself to fully “nerd out” on subjects related to HR and Diversity & Inclusion. Recently I came across two articles online that really drove home that point for me.

And of course, I want to share them both with you.

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Wrapping Up Year One

February 11, 2014

Though I often doubted, I’m pleased (and a bit relieved) to say that I am in the final weeks of Year One of my Ph.D. program.  It certainly wasn’t what I expected, but I find myself feeling good about it overall.

If that sounds like an endorsement, though, let me clarify that it’s a very cautious endorsement, with lots of caveats.

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The Ph.D. journey so far

August 19, 2013

It’s hard to believe that I’m already through with two terms in this Ph.D. program. Depending on the day, it can sometimes seem like I just started — other days, I struggle to remember what it was like before this program sucked up all of my free time (and then some).

The journey has definitely not been a smooth one. If I knew then what I knew now, I’m not sure that I would still enroll in the program.
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Academic Crossroads

May 27, 2013

I find myself seriously considering whether or not to continue in this Ph.D. program, and unlike this year’s April Fool’s Day prank, this time I’m really pondering it. I’m in the final week of my first 12-week term, and I’m not certain whether or not I really want to continue.

And it’s not for the reasons that you’re probably thinking.
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