Sunglasses and Dissertations

June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. It’ll be a bright, sunshine-y day when your dissertation done! Here’s how to make that day a reality ASAP!…

“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades”


Sunglasses are ubiquitous these days. Drivers wear them. Pilots wear them. They’re de rigueur for movie stars and the characters they play on the big screen. They’re commonplace at the beach, on kids,… on cartoons. Even emojis wear sunglasses.

But, until the 19th century they were virtually unheard of. In the US, early sunglasses were called “cheaters” because they helped a wearer bluff their way through a poker game. This appellation became common slang, widely used to describe wearing sunglasses to hide one’s emotions or intent by obscuring their eyes.

When the more contemporary slang, shades, became popular, the term, “shady,” was born to describe all manner of dissemblance, harkening to the earlier characterization of people wearing sunglasses as cheaters. Of course, wearing sunglasses is meant to protect your eyes from UV radiation and to improve your vision by reducing glare.

Do you wish you had special sunglasses to protect yourself from your dissertation committee’s glare? If you did, what would they do?

Here’s my wish list for what special sunglasses could do to help you with your dissertation:

Eliminate distractions — Those pesky distractions! Social media, news, children…well maybe we had better not eliminate your children. Everyone has something that distracts them from their dissertation, and my magical, mythical dissertation shades would keep you focused.

Keep you realistic — It seems that whenever someone does produce a pair of dissertation shades they’re always rose-colored! Big goals are great, but too often students set unrealistic goals. When they don’t achieve them, they tend to get discouraged and give up. My dissertation shades would let you see things realistically, so you could set appropriate goals.

Keep your ego in check — Sometimes your ego can get in the way of taking your dissertation committee’s advice, making the changes they require, and winning their approval! Remember, your dissertation isn’t done when it’s “right.” It’s done when your committee is happy with it. Don’t argue with the arbiters of your fate! My dissertation shades would help you see when your ego is running amuck.

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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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