Jaws and Dissertations

June 20, 1975 the movie, Jaws, was released. Do you feel like the sharks are circling your dissertation? Are you afraid to even get in the water?… Jaws is an absolute  classic. A copy of the movie has even been saved in the Library of Congress. But, when it was first being filmed, it wasn’t really on […]

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Watches and Dissertations

June 19th is National Watch Day. Do you feel like your dissertation is right on schedule? Do you have on the time in the world? No? Then read on, grasshopper… Tick, tock, tick, tock… Wall clocks have been around since the 14th century, but wrist watches didn’t make an appearance until 1571 and weren’t mainstream until […]

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Fishing and Dissertations

June 18th is National Go Fishing Day! Do you feel like you keep casting your dissertation line in the water only to reel in an empty hook? Perhaps you need to learn to fish!… “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” […]

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Hot Air Balloons and Dissertations

June 5th is National Hot Air Balloon Day. Comparing a hot-air balloon to a dissertation, the jokes almost write themselves. But, it turns out that writing a dissertation is more like inventing the hot-air balloon then flying one!… Just keep blowing in hot air and eventually it will rise above. I’m talking about flying a hot-air balloon…not writing […]

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Tessellations and Dissertations

June 17th is World Tessellation Day! A Tessellation is a repeating pattern like you might see on a tile floor, a brick wall, or an M.C. Escher woodcut. You should also see your dissertation as part of a vast tessellation… Do you know what a tessellation is? I’ll give you a hint…take a look at […]

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Smiles and Dissertations

June 15th is National Smile Power Day. Smiling has been shown to improve your mood, improved mood leads to improved productivity, and improved productivity, well that’s how you get your dissertation done!… One, two, three…SMILE! It does a mind and body good! But how can you find something to smile about when you’re exhausted from working on your dissertation? I’ve […]

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Flags and Dissertations

June 14th is Flag Day. Do you feel like your dissertation is flying a half-staff? Here’s how to raise your dissertation in your committee’s eyes… Happy Flag Day! Did you know that there is a code that describes how to respectfully treat the US Flag? It is not enforced as part of Federal law, because […]

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Weeds and Dissertations

June 13th is National Weed Your Garden Day! Can I stop you on your way out to the garden to talk a minute about how to most effectively weed your dissertation?… So, how do you weed a dissertation? In a word… Editing. First, what is a weed, exactly? Oxford’s definition of a weed is “a wild […]

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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 […]

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Barbershop Quartets and Dissertations

April 11th is National Barbershop Quartet Day! Do you think you can sing?… then, you can! Do you think you can get your dissertation done?… The barbershop quartet style of singing without musical accompaniment was very popular in the 1900s but had become obscure by the 1930s. On April 11, 1938 a group called the Society for the Preservation and […]

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