POTUS 41 and Dissertations

June 12th marks the birthday of the 41st President of the United States. Here’re some words of wisdom from George H. W. Bush that you can apply to your dissertation…

“I am not one who – who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around.”
— George H. W. Bush

Students often try to insert big, fancy words in their dissertation, because they think that makes it sound more doctoral. In reality, it makes their dissertation sound like is was written by a thesaurus! I’ll let you in on a secret: you don’t need to use fancy language to get your doctorate. Use a clear, concise writing style. Precision and clarity are paramount. No need to use a $20 word when a $5 word will do!

“I’ll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.”
— George H. W. Bush

Little bit tongue in cheek, sure, but it’s also true. Politicians often have a good sense for when to say what they mean and when to hold their tongue. You need to work to be a bit (and, only a bit!) like a politician when it comes to your dissertation committee. Write what you need to write to get your dissertation approved, and don’t waste your energy arguing with them or complaining about their guidance.

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Dr. Russell W. Strickland

RUSSELL STRICKLAND, Ph.D., has been referred to as a “rocket scientist turned management consultant.” In truth, he applies an eclectic body of work from astronomy and nuclear physics to dynamic inventory management to market research to each of his student engagements.

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