Tuesday, July 19, 2005


So I just got confirmation that my dissertation is ready to go to my committee in preparation for the defense! It feels fantastic!

I can't believe that it took me two months to get the document to this final stage after finishing the writing back in May. A word of warning: this end part is not very fun. There is a lot of tediousness in terms of word processing, bibliographical stuff, getting images together, conforming the document to the university's specifications... I used MS Word's 'master document' feature and it was freaking scary. I can't believe I managed to do it without blowing up the computer, losing work, or putting big holes in the walls with my head. Just a word for all you dissertaters reading this to know that even though there is a huge sense of relief when the research and writing is over, there is still this really irritating part at the end.

So what's next? I have to schedule my defense for the second week of September and go back to Boston for that. With five people on my committee, it won't be easy to get them all in the same place at the same time, but since I'm coming across the freaking country for the defense, I hope they'll be accommodating.

Wheeeeeeeeee! Yayayayayayay!

Sorry, I'm totally giddy and hopped up on coffeeeeeeeeee!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm in awe--and, as always, relieved to hear from someone who's gotten this far. I'm facing the deadline for my first, as yet mostly unwritten chapter--due next Thursday--and sometimes it seems like I do nothing but put obstacles in my own way. Reading this first thing this morning was very encouraging.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Glad I could help. I know that when I heard about people finishing it usually pumped me up to keep at it--either through just the knowledge it could be done, or competition with myself and others!

Keep at it.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Porkorama said...

I'm actually trying to prevent that formatting horror by being careful about it from the start...which ends up being a lot of work anyway, but I've found that if I can't concentrate on real writing I can at least put in some work doing the dirty work. I'm learning to use EndNote now, and am somewhat frustrated that I can't get it to do certain things...think I'm going to post about that separately.
I was just looking into the Word master document thing too...you can do that after you've written everything? Do you think it's worth it? Why or why not?

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