Monday, January 16, 2006

Feeling Better

Well, I'm feeling better, thanks to some of your comments, friends' support, and the positive responses I got at a conference this weekend. I talked to one of the professors too and apparently I didn't do as bad as I thought I did, and some of what was happening had to do with inter-committee tensions. This is just further proof of how I'm way too sensitive. It was hard not to care about the judgment of all my committee because I spent so much time and effort on this.
In response to Dr. D.:

Dr. Porkorama,
What college do you attend? Just interested in knowing how someone could complete their dissertation in three months? How many revisions did you complete, how many times did your profs review and feedback info on your work-in-progress and what classes did you have to take before embarking on the work? Just curious...


I don't want to reveal where I go to school because that would kill my anonymity. But to give you some idea, while I've been here, we've been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report and are up top regularly. The course work is 15 classes in addition to the other requirements. I guess it can be pretty misleading to say that I wrote my dissertation in three months, because it had been gestating for much longer than that. 5 years to be exact. I had only written 30 pages of it, however. Everything else was research and notes. Yet, most of it was worked out in my head before I started. More than anything else I thought about this stuff A LOT. Just didn't do anything about it for a really long time! I also only ended up writing a tiny part of what I had in mind. It came out to about 300 pages. A lot of other people in my department have done more like 500, even though 250 is what's expected. So it's not like my school is shoddy or I pulled off a miracle. But I did work my ass off those three months, eating TV dinners while I read essays, not doing a single other thing except my teaching duties. No social life, not much eating or sleeping. It's certainly not the way to go. But it's over now and I can get on with the rest of my life!

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Congratulations, Porkorama! It's done. Even if it is anticlimactic... it's good to be done.

This should be for a good laugh: A well-intentioned (though entirely too cranky too often) graduate program assistant in my old department tried to give me some encouraging words after I passed my comprehensive exams. "Now you just have to write that dissertation. Don't think of it as a big deal. It's just like writing a dozen 30 page papers."

Hah! Boy I can't tell you how comforting that was to hear. Gaaa!

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