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Challenges in writing your dissertation : coping with the emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual struggles

Author: Noelle Sterne
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015] ©2015
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Sterne, Noelle.
Challenges in writing your dissertation
(DLC) 2015027130
(OCoLC)908071243
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Noelle Sterne
ISBN: 9781475815054 1475815050
OCLC Number: 919317663
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Contents: Permissions Praise for Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation Foreword: By Professor Irma M. Barron Acknowledgments Illustration: The Ideal Dissertation Introduction: How I Became an Academic Nag *Why This Book *What's Here *My Methods and Techniques *Why Me? oI Never Left School oFrom Professor to Typist oTo Coach and Editor oDisclosure: My Writing (Mostly Nonacademic) *A Word About the Spiritual *"Academic Nag" PART ONE: SNEAKING UP ON THE DISSERTATION Chapter 1. The Decision: Your Dream, Your Life *How Is the Degree Part of Your Life's Dream? *What Will the Degree Do for You? *Visualize Your Dream *Affirmations for Strengthening Your Life Dream *As They Say, Meditate, Don't Medicate 2. BIG Changes *It's Not Just College Anymore *How Ready Are You to Change Your Lifestyle? oNo Structure oNo Leisure *It's Your Time *Declare and Feel Your Readiness PART TWO: REALLY DOING IT 3. Priorities and Promises to Yourself *Your Inner Mentor: Listening for Answers *Rethink Your Priorities *Find the Holes in Your Schedule *Keep Your Promises to Yourself *Your Later List *Affirm Your Right Time and Timing 4. Enroll Your Higher Self *Hello, Light Being! *Trust the Process *Three Puzzling and Powerful Reinforcing Laws oThe Law of Least Effort oThe Law of Intention and Desire oThe Law of Detachment *Recognize and Accept Your Power *A Few Higher Self Affirmations 5. Starting the Work: Positive Patient Persevering *Listen for the Topic That's Right for You oTopic Considerations oRight Topic Considerations *You're the Scholar in Shining Armor *Muster Your Courage for the Proposal oWhat's Your Problem? oCourageous Affirmations *You Don't Have to Walk a Straight (Out)Line *Tricks to Tease and Ease Yourself into It *Writing Doesn't Have to Be Torture: Proper Style and Semipleasant Process *Settle In: You Deserve It 6. Sticking With It: Temptations and Tonics *Dissertation Interruptus *Death by Rationale *Resisting the Extension Siren *Getting Sick ... of It All *Fear of Finishing *Discipline Is a Choice *Continuing the Work: Your Wayward Outline *If You're Concerned About Your Brain *Reasonable Breaks and Balance oWorking Questions oBalanced Breaks *Affirmations for Sticking With It PART THREE: YOUR NEAR, DEAR, AND DESPAIRING SIGNIFICANT OTHERS 7. Orient the Important Others in Your Life *Stranger in a Strange Graduate School Culture *Family and Friends: Starting Off Wrong *Starting Off Right oSelfish? oSaying No *Sacrifices and Rewards: Short-Term, Mid-Term, Interminable-Term oEducate Them oBribe Them 8. Family: Choruses of Complaints, Songs of Support *Partners: "I Didn't Bargain for This" or "I Never See You Anymore" *Kids: "We Never See You Anymore" *Involve Them: Share What You're Doing oInvolving Partners oInvolving Kids *Special Dates With Partners and Kids oDates With Partners oDates With Kids *Other Relatives: "We Never See You Anymore" oEducate and Bribe, Again oSabotage, Unconscious or Not *Holiday Strategies *Toxic Volleys and Tough Questions oYour Neutralizing Responses oHard Questions and Your Brilliant Answers *Troubled Waters: Fights, Separation, Divorce *See Them Whole oSend Love Ahead oSee Them Supportive 9. Friends: Are They for You or Against You? *"Come On-It's Only a Quick Lunch": Just Say Not Now *Community Involvement and Volunteer Activities: Just Say Later *Handle Jealousies and Putdowns *Let Go of the Crazymakers *Those Questions Again: "Aren't You Done Yet?" *Assure Them You Still Love Them *Know and Believe They Are For and With You 10. Make Peace and Time With Your Employer and Work Colleagues *Express Your Gratitude and Explain, Explain *Point Out How Your Degree Benefits the Company *Negotiate What Works for Both of You *Superior Jealousies oRecognize Toxicity oToxicity Antidotes *Work Colleagues' Envy *Affirm, Visualize, and Project Employment Peace PART FOUR: GOOD UNIVERSITY COPS AND BAD 11. Your Dissertation Committee: The Best/Worst Friends You'll Ever Have \ *Are Professors Really Human? *Excruciating or Exceptional? *Who Can You Work With and How Do You Know? oGather Plenty of Information oAsk Questions About the Chair *Listen Inside: Gut and Guidance oAsk Questions of Yourself oHow Do You Feel? *Design and See Your Perfect Committee 12. Dancing With the Committee *Whose Topic? *Buddying Up or Keeping Too Distant oChums oStrangers oThe Ideal Balance *Playing Humble Student and Keeping Your Self-Respect oSwallow Your Pride oRaise Your Head *When You're Older Than Your Professors *The Infinite Loop of Revisions *Appealing to Higher Authorities oOn the Ground oIn Your Head *Your Higher Self and Theirs oPsychologically Speaking oSpiritually Speaking 13. University Support: You've Got More Friends Than You Think *Fellow Students as Mentors *What Can You Learn From Learning Centers? *You Can Speak to the Geeks in the Computer Lab *Add to Your Team: Statisticians and Researchers oStatisticians oResearchers *Librarians Love You, Secretaries Stand By You oLibrarians oSecretaries *Consider Coaches and Editors oCoaches oEditors *Old Course Professors Don't Have to Fade Away *Picture the Perfect University Friends You Need PART FIVE: GRADUATION: IT'S ONLY A WALK AWAY 14. Am I Really Almost Done? *Rehearse Your Perfect Defense *Yet Another Faculty Review *Master the Red Tape *How to Enjoy Your Own Graduation *Avoid Post-Parting Depression (PPD) 15.Waking to Your Dream *The Most Dangerous Time ... *Envision Your Future, Take the Steps *Peek at Your Long-Neglected Later List *Reenter Your Family's Atmosphere *Plan Your Payoffs oPositions oPublications *Celebrate Your Professional and Personal Growth With Gratitude Conclusion: Why I'm Still an Academic Nag References Selected Resources A Short Glossary of Important Acronyms About the Author
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