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Quote of the Day
Friday, February 10, 2006
Yesterday, when I sat down with Prof. C. (Advisor 2) for a chat while I was on campus, we started talking about how an ABD student's feelings toward the dissertation change as he/she progresses:
Stage 1: This is going to be an amazing contribution to the field! Can't wait to get started! Stage 2: This work is pretty important! Stage 3: This work validates what other scholars have said! Stage 4: This is an OK project, but not earth-shattering! Stage 5: Wait a second -- I'm not saying anything new here! Stage 6: Man, this project really sucks! Stage 7: Am I ever going to be done with this stupid thing? Stage 8: Here it is -- let us never speak of it again.
What I really love about Prof. C. is that he's an amazing scholar who is also amazingly real -- he has shared how he struggled with the dissertation, taking two full years to write it. I know that his first publication took a long time to produce. I know that sometimes, he despises the projects he's working on and grows tired of them. Most of all, it was nice to know that when I talked to him yesterday about being very much at Stage 7, he understood perfectly. And then he quoted the wisdom of a famous person in our field, and the thought is my guiding one for the day:
"There are two types of dissertations: bad dissertations, and those that are never written."
For the first time in my life, I'm striving for "bad." The other alternative comes without those three letter behind my name and a $5,000 pay cut in the Fall. Bring on the badness!