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Friday, February 17, 2006
"I've Read Your Chapter, And..."
I always dread the emails from my dissertation chairs. I know that they want me to turn in a professional product, I know that they push me, and I know that their advice is good. But I still hate the nervous, I'm-Going-To-Vomit feeling just before I read one of their emails that begins, "I've read your chapter, and..."
I got an email today like that, and this time the end of the sentence was, "... I think you've done a pretty good job here." Excellent! Of course, Prof. G. had hundreds of comments for me (he always does -- he's the founder and editor of one of the major journals in my field, and ALWAYS has his editor hat on, even when he's reading his email!), but overall he liked the chapter and thought it illustrated my main argument well. Thank God. The major suggestions he had were organizational. I can deal with that!
Sometimes I wish I had different advisors, advisors who would rubber stamp chapters as they came in. I have the opposite: the two most perfectionistic faculty members in the department. When I told my friends who my advisors were, they all gasped in horror. "Your life is going to be HELL!" they warned. But you know, it hasn't been too bad. Sure, they're brutally honest about everything I write, and although that's maddening at times it's also good to to know that their compliments are genuine. If I get a "good job," I really feel like I've done just that. And that's a nice feeling.