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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Corn on the Cob and Dissertations

June 11th is National Corn on the Cob Day! One of the best things about corn is that it’s so simple to prepare. So, is your dissertation corny enough?… Corn is a staple food. You can eat it so many ways…popcorn, grits, cornbread, creamed corn, cornflakes. But, corn on the cob is possibly the most delicious, […]

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Roving and Dissertations

June 10, 2003, the Spirit Rover was launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission. Spirit outlasted all expectations. How can you ensure that your Spirit outlasts your dissertation committee’s resistance?… Spirit’s mission, as originally planned, was to span 90 sols (Martian days). Instead, Spirit surveyed the surface of Mars for more than 1900 cols before […]

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Dick Vitale and Dissertations

June 9th is Dick Vitale’s birthday. Here’s how to be a PTP-er on your dissertation!… “This is awesome baby!” Happy birthday, Dickie V! Let’s grab hold the words of the world’s most enthusiastic sportscaster with both hands and use them to turn you into a dissertation PTP-er! “My perfect day is to wake up with […]

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Yo-Yos and Dissertations

June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day. Does your dissertation have you on a yo-yo? Do you feel like your work is up and down? Here’s how to avoid having an erratic dissertation experience… Do you yo? Can you rock the cradle? Walk the dog? Shoot the moon? Go around the world? More importantly though, does your […]

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Paul Gauguin and Dissertations

June 7th is Paul Gauguin’s birthday. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” ads. Well, dissertation students certainly don’t want to Be Like Paul!.. Paul Gauguin was a French post-Impressionist artist who would have never finished his dissertation. Why not? For starters, he wasn’t interested in doing what needed to […]

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Poisons and Dissertations

June 8th is Name Your Poison Day. If your dissertation is dying a slow death, it’s time to name your poison, and eliminate it!… “Name your poison!” is a common refrain among bartenders. In general, folks use this expression, or “pick your poison,” as I’ve always heard it said, to refer to choosing the vices […]

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