Competitive Busy-ness

Let's Try This "PhD" Thing

I am flying home to stay with my family.

Naturally, it coincides with a conference (that’s the life of an academic). I have decided to stay with my family from the end of the conference (late- November) until after Christmas. It was kind of annoying the way the dates worked out but I figured that I couldn’t pass off the opportunity to go home, and I will have lots of writing up to be doing, so being away from the lab shouldn’t affect my progress.

When I tell people I am going home for two months, in short: they don’t make me feel great about myself.

“Haha, alright for some!”

“How do you get away with it?”

“I didn’t take a holiday for 4 years when I was doing my PhD!”

They make me feel guilty. Which is ridiculous…I will still be working for the majority of time when I…

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10 Ways To Avoid Discussing Your (Bad) Poster At A Conference

Let's Try This "PhD" Thing

1. Pretend to be deaf.

2. Pretend to be blind. 

3. (If necessary) Pretend to be deaf and blind.

4. Print your poster in various shades of black.

5. Don’t shower.

6. Wear a t-shirt made out of your poster so as to be camouflaged against it.

7. Print your poster in Wingdings.

8. Ensure your mouth is constantly full of food, making “just wait” motions to whoever asks you a question throughout each mouthful, yet replacing said mouthful immediately once it has been swallowed.

9. Print your availability/ contact cards in the format of an extensive Treasure Hunt.

10. Get black-out drunk.

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Wrong blog title-maybe PhD school woes?

I think it is becoming clear that I wrongly named this blog. I didn’t really know where it was going but I wanted to talk about my experiences like a completely non-self centered person would want to do, right?!

Well, i did my dissertation research using qualitative research so…….what happens as you go along? you make new discoveries and you often change the course of your research. Exploratory research is like that, right? Ok all you PhD grads and students, mull that over a while and tell me how that statement isn’t completely accurate or needs more clarification to better delineate what is meant by my statement. ROTFL-I sound like a Big Bang Theory line. HAHAHA! Go me!

Ok Professor, back on track! Anyway! I think it would be much more fun (and safer) to share my experiences while in PhD school and the BEST (ok optimal outcome sounds more scholarly, who cares) would be to provide for the poor souls in PhD school especially ADD (oops, I meant ABD) poorest of souls, especially those online PhD students, poorest-est of souls in isolation with a network of other poor, poorest, poorest-est of souls (Oh did I do a run-on sentence. Better consult the writing center). So we can all, well you can all feel each other’s pain, despair and agony. But be encouraged that you are not the only voluntary victim to the torture.

Horrors of ABD

Success! I think I figured out how to attach the document.

The Horrors of ABD (All But Dissertation)![3]

I love Dr. Bannon’s last sentence in this write-up:

“It seems the most successful doctoral students and intended victims in a horror film have one thing in common, no matter how bleak the outlook they never give up!”

The Horrors of ABD

The Horrors of ABD (All But Dissertation). Yep, I was there for 3 long years!

I was gonna attach the document but hmmm don’t think I can. Well darn!
Oh Well! Here’s the link.