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Posted in critical thinking, dissertation, fortitude, graduate school, Graduation, higher education, perseverance, Ph.D., spring break, tagged Dissertation, education research, higher ed, PhD on March 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
For several weeks now, since completing and defending my dissertation, I have wanted to write about the process and share some words of wisdom for my friends and colleagues who are still in process. The mere quest to do so has been exhausting. I can barely put pen to paper, let alone fingers to keyboard.
Several tasks have kept my brain occupied for the last month, an on-campus conference, the departure of a colleague, a professional conference, and some much deserved spring break R&R with my family. I completed text revisions for my committee. I condensed my dissertation to an article for a research competition. I forgot, then remembered, to order my commencement regalia. I reacquainted myself with the elliptical. I watched this thing called television.
And yet I still feel in a state of flux. As if the pattern buffer shifting my subatomic particles for transport back to the real world is having trouble locking on my position.
While I check in with fleet engineering, enjoy these posts that were helpful during my writing process.
Posted in critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, graduate school, higher education, leadership, perseverance, Ph.D., rainbows, Value, Yoda, tagged 2013, coloring outside the lines, Dissertation, higher ed, New Year, OneWord2013, PhD on January 6, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Words exclaimed when you complete the results chapter of your dissertation.
Three and a half years ago, I made the decision to earn a PhD. After spending 90% of my professional career (post-Bachelor’s degree) working in higher education, it seemed a logical step.
It has been hard work. One class at a time. Work. Family. Soccer. More work.
There is a reason that only 3% of the U.S. population attain a PhD.
Because it is hard work.
My dissertation defense is in 100 days.
Posted in college freshmen, first-year experience, fortitude, friends, graduate school, higher education, perseverance, Ph.D., student affairs, tagged higher ed, Student Affairs on October 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Happy Anniversary to to the eighteen and life blog!
Much has happened here in the last four years. Each post reminds me of the events, coursework, research, and friendships that have framed this blog. The topic cloud on the right highlights my work and my passions: student affairs, higher education, first-year students. As the posts have been sparse this year while I work on my dissertation, I appreciate that you are sticking with me.
Here’s a video reminder that as doors open for you, be sure to pay it forward and open doors for others.