One BIG tip for dissertation

I received a compliment from my mentor the other day. He said that when talking with his other colleague my name came up and they both agreed that they enjoyed working with me/helping me along in my dissertation process ... because I do the work. Perplexed, I kind of didn't understand at first because... well, [...]

A lot can happen in a day

I found out a manuscript I submitted was rejected by yet ANOTHER journal, but I also got the notification that my dissertation chair has approved my chapters 1-3 to be sent out to the rest of my committee. YAY. Progress. I might actually be done earlier than I thought. I swam 50 laps at the [...]

Isolation

Dissertation writing can be so isolating. I always chide myself for not tying harder to stay in touch with my cohort, but people grow apart everyone has their own lives. Also, in the back of my mind I often think people are sick of me anyway. lol. I should be done with my dissertation by [...]

This week is going to be a doozy

I want to try to blog every day in December. Not sure how that will go, but what the heck. I'll try. The semester is winding down. I present at a forensics conference Tuesday. Teach Thursday and work Friday ... but I'm anxious about Friday apparently for a dumb reason: I have to wear a [...]

“Wellness” During Dissertation

I'm starting to believe that there may not be such a thing, that undertaking such a task is in and of itself "crazy" and unhealthy. It certainly feels that way at times, no matter how invested I am in my education and my dissertation topic and no matter how hard a worker I am and [...]

Wellness Wednesday

I'm leaving for Seattle in a few hours to present at a conference. I would have liked to have had more time to prepare, but it is what it is. Dissertation is such a lonely and isolating process, it's unreal. You do receive help from your committee and mentors for sure... but, everything really all [...]

Disability and Sexuality Research

  Greetings everyone, As part of my research at Duquesne University, my team and I are investigating disability and sexuality. If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, and have a disability of any kind (inclusive of autism, ADHD, and mental health disabilities) and feel comfortable taking an anonymous online survey about sexuality [...]

Blogust 2

Today was more productive than I thought it would be. I didn't sleep well. Again. But somehow I still didn't feel very anxious about working. I went to zumba with my mom and then we had lunch. I was able to work on my dissertation for a couple hours while also completing some other work. [...]

Wellness Wednesday

Dissertation is a pretty lonely process, because no matter how many great mentors you have, obviously, the bulk of the work falls on you. It's hard to turn over all of your work to your committee chair and be ready for feedback. I set the date for myself of September 1st... On September 1st I [...]

Wellness Wednesday: “Shoulds”

Late as usual... but it's still Wednesday somewhere... in some universe... right? I think what I've learned most recently by virtue of balancing so many things in graduate school is that the "shoulds" in your mind can really bring you down and I've been trying to counteract that. I often hold myself to impossible standards [...]