The Dissertation Defense Day.

Hi. So if you're nervous about your dissertation defense, here are some things to consider: 1. If you've chosen your committee well, they...

Courage.

Cou is French for "neck" Rage is English for "rage" Therefore, "courage" means rage that you didn't stick you neck out and try to learn...

Find Good Resources

As you are building your support through your graduate program, collect good resources and use them as needed. The way ahead can be...

Taking Care of Yourself

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are always stressors and ups and downs through life as well as through the graduate student...

Scary.

There are lots of unknowns the first (and likely only) time you do a dissertation. Things can seem foggy, vague, overwhelming, etc. One...

Music

If you don't have a graduate school playlist that you update periodically, I strongly recommend you develop one. Suggestions: *...

Near Peer Mentoring

I am just starting to learn about the concept of "near-peer" mentoring. I had two near-peer mentors who helped me as I worked toward...

I have no idea.

Hi. I try to write these blogs to give a nice mix of motivation / support and nudges to get work done. Today - I have no idea what to...

Don't.

This week don't write. This week don't think. This week don't beat yourself up. This week don't put forth anything more than "sufficient"...

"I write to discover what I know."

That quote is by Flannery O'Connor. She spent most of her life in Milledgeville, GA about two and a half hours from where I live. I like...

IF

If you think that you can't do this doctoral thing, it's okay. If you need to ask for clarification about things in class, in writing, or...

Getting to the Other Side

I came across this article recently on making it through the Ph.D. experience, and I wanted to share: https://diverseeducation.com/articl...

SPRING

The first day of spring is coming up. As we shift from winter to spring, what are your plans? YOUR PLANS ARE TO KEEP WORKING TOWARD YOUR...

Community

None of us write a dissertation on our own. We need a community to support us. That includes faculty, supervisors, family, and other...

Life Beyond the Ph.D.

I read the article below the other day and wanted to share in my blog. (I guess all of these blog posts could start that way). It talks...

Laugh.

No matter how organized you are or focused or dedicated. No matter how confident you are that you are headed toward success through the...

The Doctoral Experience and Loneliness

Lonely. Isolated. Alone. Solitude. Once upon a time, I did my dissertation study about a teaching and learning conference. I interviewed...

Imposter

"This will be the class where they will pull me aside and say, 'We know you're trying really hard, but a doctoral program just isn't for...

The Academic Cover Letter

I tell the master's students in the student affairs program that they are unlikely to find anyone as good at cover letters as I am. I...

What Now?

You've finished all or most of your coursework and your comps. What's next? Well... lots of things. Here is a recent article with some...

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